DVLA mix-up leaves Lewis unable to pursue dream job

Photo Ian Robinson'20-year-old driver Lewis Fishwick had his licence revoked for getting six points in the first year of holding it. He then got a letter in April this year saying he could have it back and went out and got a lorry on finance and started working for himself.Then, last month, he got another letter from the DVLA saying they'd made a mistake and his license is still revoked until his 21st birthday next April.This has left him unable to work as a driver and with an expensive lorry on finance. A lawyer has told him there's nothing that can be done
Photo Ian Robinson'20-year-old driver Lewis Fishwick had his licence revoked for getting six points in the first year of holding it. He then got a letter in April this year saying he could have it back and went out and got a lorry on finance and started working for himself.Then, last month, he got another letter from the DVLA saying they'd made a mistake and his license is still revoked until his 21st birthday next April.This has left him unable to work as a driver and with an expensive lorry on finance. A lawyer has told him there's nothing that can be done
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A young haulage driver said he is unable to work and out of pocket because of a DVLA mistake.

Lewis Fishwick, 20, of Greencroft, Penwortham, clocked up six points during the first two years of holding his licence, leading to it being revoked under Government rules.

But in April the DVLA allowed him to reapply, and after passing tests he set up his own business and took out finance out on a lorry.

He was making a good living until another letter arrived from the DVLA on November 28, saying a mistake had been made.

Lewis said: “They said I shouldn’t have been allowed my licence back until I was 21 which is next April. It was instantly revoked again and so now I can’t legally drive, I’m not able to do my job, but I’ve still got payments to keep up.

“I don’t think it’s fair that they can take my licence off me again five months after making a mistake when I’ve got myself sorted out with work and agreements.”

Lewis has taken legal advice, but has been told there is nothing he can do.

A DVLA spokesman said: “We hold over 45 million driver records and issue over 10 million driving licences a year, and mistakes are very rare.

“In this case an administrative error occurred and we have apologised to Mr Fishwick for any inconvenience caused.”

Drivers of Large Good Vehicles under the age of 21 who have three penalty points or a period of disqualification on their driving licence lose their entitlement to drive LGVs and can only reapply to have the vocational entitlement reinstated on their 21st birthday.

Lewis clocked up six points by speeding and after an insecure load fell from his lorry.