Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - Caveman
A partially-sighted learner driver says he's determined to pass his test - despite concern from local residents.

preview.tinyurl.com/yypf4q
www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2080438.html
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - L'escargot
He has my sympathy. There but for the grace of God go all of us.
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L\'escargot.
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - Hamsafar
Surely stopping partially sighted people from driving is wholly illegal under the disability discrimination act.
It is for the state to adapt the roads to be suitable for all members of the community and celebrate diversity - you see what I mean?
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - R40
It's a dead cert that person and be safer than most given the daily reports we get on here ;) lol

this thread refers:

www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/post/index.htm?t=46724
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - R40
doh! and = would
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - Westpig
i'm trying to convince myself it's a wind up
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - horse
And I suppose Pam and the rest of the Isgraig Tenants and Residents? Association have never accidentally mounted a kerb.... Just the sort of out of control gossiping and busybody interfering attitude that the guy doesn't need.
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - PhilW
Come on guys, have a bit of sympathy, he needs to drive to get to his job - he's a referee

Sorry - bad taste
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Phil
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - Dynamic Dave
From one of the links:-

{But Mr Davies insisted: "My driving is perfect. It has taken me about four years to get this far and I don't think I'm far off going in for my test."}

4 years!

{Mr Davies is currently taking lessons from his father, Anthony, as his last instructor abandoned him without any notice or explanation.}

Hmmm, I wonder why!

{Anthony Davies said: "The residents around here are just a load of clucking hens. As far as I'm concerned he could become a good driver."}

Could? 4 years on and he's not yet a good driver, no wonder the local residents are worried.
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - horse
lol - yes 4 years is a bit damning - I sloppily missed that the first time.

I was going to say well some people are slow learners and he might not have been practising all the time but to be honest it also quotes him admitting himself "I park about two foot away from the kerb but it?s getting better." - After practising for four years....

Hmm.... I take it back.
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - none
Maybe the driving test eyesight assessment just isn't good enough.
A distant relative of mine has sight problems, and is registered disabled with poor eyesight being just one of his disabilities. He managed to pass a driving test with his defective vision though, and was driving until recently.
A driving incident occurred and to cut a long story short, he was given a choice. He either gave his licence up, or admitted that his eyesight wasn't bad enough to be a disability. He chose to keep his disability payout.
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - tr7v8
Surely stopping partially sighted people from driving is wholly illegal under
the disability discrimination act.
It is for the state to adapt the roads to be
suitable for all members of the community and celebrate diversity
- you see what I mean?

Good way of winding people up is asking if they do driving licence forms, insurance for the car etc. in Braille!
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - rover 75
Don't forget the Iraqi asylum seeker with no eyes who has to take an extended test when he gets his licence back .
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - Chuffer Dandridge
>>All drivers must be able to meet the prescribed standard for eyesight, which is the ability to read >>a car number plate from 20.5m or 20m where narrower characters are displayed

This is just a crude measure. The DVLA actually lays down quite specific requirments for visual acuity and visual fields, although these usually only need to be assessed in someone who has reduced vision. Presumably this chap has been assessed and found to meet these standards

I would suggest that a competenty and experienced driver could probably continue to drive relatively safely even if their eyesight fell below the DVLA standards, as they would use a variety of compensatory mechanisms and techniques. This may not apply to a novice driver.

I have a keen interest in eyesight and driving, I suspect he must be pretty close to the limits of the required standards and will be keen to see how this story develops.
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - Tomo
I think that everybody who thinks their driving is perfect is a menace (except me, of course ;-))
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - malteser
Quote - "Come on guys, have a bit of sympathy, he needs to drive to get to his job - he's a referee"

Must be the one who refereed the England / All Black match t'other day, then!


Roger. (Costa del Sol, España)
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - PhilW
"Must be the one who refereed the England / All Black match t'other day, then!"

And the one who reffed Tigers v Saracens last week - though I might be a little biassed!

Nope, can't think of motoring link - though I bet he drove there, and back.


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Phil
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - colino
My ex (a driving instructor) like everyone else in her profession had similar "bankers" on the books. As in this case, eye sight is self approved, the main problem is getting to grips to driving a car to a reasonable standard and passing a test without a friendly instructor hovering over the pedals and the steering. FFS, driving a car is not a right, it is something that has to be demonstrated to an independent witness of reasonable skill that a minimum standard has been acheived. I assure you, that someone unable to pass a test within 4 years will never be safely able to chart the open roads and should not be given the leeway to do so. Next we will have prescription windscreens and pavement sensors on the side of our cars.
Watch out - Mr Maggoo's about - Blue {P}
It gets worse, he was gloating in The Metro newspaper yesterday that all the money he has gotten from media interviews is enough for him to pay for a new car!

Lets hope when he writes it off he doesn't take anyone else out with him...

Oh, according to the article that I read in The Express about him it's more than one instructor that has abandoned him, I have to admit, I would have abandoned him too, I wouldn't let someone like him drive my car for £16 per hour, just not worth it!

Blue
'Mr Magoo' driven off the road - Caveman
A partially-sighted driver, dubbed Mr Magoo by anxious neighbours, has been ordered off the road..

www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2087845.html

But

His father, Antony Davies, who was teaching him to drive, says Peter was 'gutted' and had booked another test with an optician.

"To be honest he is gutted by what has happened. We are both hoping an optician can put an extra thickness into his glasses," he said.

Some more info here as well. preview.tinyurl.com/vplde
 

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