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Suffolk Paralympian criticises DVLA over handling of driving licence

Jonathan Adams Credit: ITV Anglia

A paralympian from Great Cornard in Suffolk has criticised the DVLA over how it handled granting his driving licence.

Jonathan Adams competed in the shotput in London 2012 and is training for next year's world championships.

But he says despite passing his test in August the DVLA withheld his licence until he could provide further evidence of his ability to drive.

"Where we are notified of a medical condition that may affect driving, we will investigate.

" As part of our investigation we may contactthe driver, their GP or other medical professionals and the driver may bereferred for further assessment."

– DVLA statement

Jonathan is visually impaired in one eye and has cerebral palsy and says he understands disabled people's abilty to drive needs to be tested.

However, he says the way he was repetedly questioned exposes a serious lack of understanding of disability.

"It just seems very backwards, it seems they're so far away from the realities of living with a condition and the processes we have to go through in order to be eligible to drive."

– Jonathan Adams