I have just been turned down for the renewal of my PIPs. I will have to go though the appeal process like last time. They have said, because I can drive a car I have, I quote “the activity of driving a car is itself a multi tasking activity requiring significant physical function in terms of grip, power and upper and lower joint movements in conjunction with substantial cognitive powers of thought, perception, memory, reasoning, concentration, judgment and coordination”.
What they don’t under stand is, if I stay seated, rested and I am not looking at a computer screen I can manage my condition which lets me drive.
Do any of you drive a car and get PIPs ?
I am amazed that you can get insurance. I doubt I will ever drive again unless I can get a specially adapted car! If you look up our condition it will tell you that we have to inform the DVLA and it is likely that they will take your driving licence away! My next assessment with PIP is next year and I think I might get it taken away purely because I walk more than when they first assessed me. Sorry on this one, but I think you are lucky!
I am on a unrestricted medical driving licence. It gets renewed every 3 years.
If it is unrestricted the insurance companies are not bothered.
My Ataxia mainly effects me when I am on my feet or setting in front of a computer trying to multi task jobs.
This is were the problem is for me. I work in I.T. and I need to be able to walk about a large building.
If I am rested i.e I am setting on my bum watching tv, I don’t have any systems until I stand up and start moving about.
well that is good to know! Sorry then they should not have turned you down and you need to appeal.
I am, the same people who did my appeal last time are on the case. By law the condition only has to effect you 50% of the time to get PIPs.
I didn't know that either so thank you, I think I am about 30% of what I once was. The whole PIP thing is pretty harsh and the only thing that really stuck in my head is any walking you can do they almost hold it against you! I hope you win!