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Worst day of my life

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by barrypond, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. barrypond

    barrypond New Member

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    Its official !! Bazza Pond is never allowed to drive again.... Sob Sob! ... So this judgment , by the RTA. top eyesight office at the Uni of Sydney. I have a small blind spt on my rh side. due to my stroke so now comes the hard decision What to do with Eddie??? It needs an engine number stamped on his brand new 2.1 factory engine and thats all. He needs rego too.
    His interior needs fixing up......While he was in storage ,some bas...rd stole the rear folding seat. So what to do....thinking music.....Would any one be interested!!!! at $3,700k ???? or Maybe some KC membeer could drive me around to KC events.? What do you think??????????? Baz
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
  2. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Aww Baz - thats sad news about your eyes. :(

    Make up a for sale post and add some photos - I am sure Eddie can go to a good home.
     
  3. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Tough call Baz. Best of luck with everything!
     
  4. teeveezed

    teeveezed Member

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    I'd be crying as well, what a blow. :(
     
  5. GypsyWannabe

    GypsyWannabe Active Member

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    Sad news on both counts, Bazzamon. :(

    I remember admiring the pics of Eddie. I wouldn't mind having a proper look at him in the flesh but I have a lot on at the moment. But maybe I could pop around in a few weeks.

    Good luck on all counts.

    Baz
     
  6. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Geeze Bazzamon that sucks. There's plenty of drivers out there who don't notice anything on the road except the lines on the road - most couldn't tell you if they were white or yellow
     
  7. john doherty

    john doherty Well-Known Member

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    appeal rights

    Bazza...altho I have not met you...commiserations.! That is a sad thing. For what it is worth, there is appeal processes. In S.A. we have 1 eyed drivers and I would imagine so does your neighbour hood.Your own treating opthamologist may have a view. What is the RTA criteria for license minimums. The RTA should explain fully their criteria...how you have failed it and they MUST advise you of appeal rights.I am assuming your left eye functions. Do not let bureau-craps dictate without at leaqst fully exploring your potential remedy,s. Very best wishes JD in Adelaide.:(
     
  8. terbear

    terbear Member

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    I have two friends who both have one eye each and they both hold licences.....
     
  9. CAPTAIN

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    Onya JD!!
    Good luck Baz.
    Hope it works out for ya. If you hang on to it and get rego, I'll offer my driving services on the odd occasion, if it means you can get out to VW events. Or else there's always passenger rides from other kombi lovers.
     
  10. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Down at the Local Woolies store one of the butchers has only one sight eye and he's got a license.

    Ya sure they're not picking on you :umm:
     
  11. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    But does he have all his fingers???

    Barry,
    Hope you work something out to the contarary. An old school mate had a welder for a father. He was a bit irrisponsible as he let my mate watch him weld. His right eye now only registers periferal vision. (we tested him one day and about 80-90degrees in the middle is gone.
    I don't know if qld transport knows, but he drives quite happily.
    Good luck.
     
  12. VanAime

    VanAime Active Member

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    I know personally of two people in Vic who have an eye missing and both have been cleared to drive. Since motor vehicle licences are now National, they can drive in any State in Australia. They are, however, restricted in the size of the vehicle they drive.

    One (a woman of middle age) bought a food van built onto a small truck. At first, Vicroads said it would be alright, but once she took it for rego, they said she wasn't allowed to drive it and it cost her heaps. To be honest, I don't believe her driving is up to scratch as with just having the left eye (her right was splattered as a kid when a young boy hit her in the eye with a gum-nut shot from a bicycle pump) she has limited judgement of depth. She actually once bumped the rear bull bar of a semi with me on board in Melbourne and her car was full of dents. She was a pretty scary driver at the best of times!!

    I also know of a chap who is legally blind and when 18 years old, was told he would never be allowed to get a licence. A police officer in his small town asked him to come outside and read the police car number plate from a distance of just a few meters and he couldn't even do that, yet he successfully applied to the courts and armed with an eye specialist's report saying he had an acceptable degree of eye sight and therefore capable of holding a drivers licence, he was duly given one and continues driving to this day.

    I'd be doing what JD says and take steps to get this decision overturned. This, assuming your left eye is ok? By the sounds of things, you only have a partial loss of sight in the right eye anyway.

    Fight 'em tooth and nail and all the very best with it. To loose my licence due to failing eyesight is the worst thing I could ever imagine happening.
    Aime.
     
  13. Vanders

    Vanders Active Member

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    My wife does OT driver assessments, but not in NSW. Her advice is to check the standards for assessing medical fitness to drive:

    http://www.austroads.com.au/aftd/downloads/AFTD_text_08-2006.pdf

    If you feel that you are within the standard, then ask for an occupational therapy driver assessment. It will cost you a little, but the OT can assess your whole fitness to drive. Many people drive with vision impairments, and compensate for the impairment, and are allowed to drive. If you have a minor defect in your vision, then it may not have been a reasonable judgement by an eye specialist that you can't drive not having observed you behind the wheel.
     
  14. barrypond

    barrypond New Member

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    Thank you one and all

    Hi everybody, Thank you for your kind thoughts & comments. My dear brother drove up from Canberra & took me out to the Bull and Bush pub for a steak and beer, to brighten me up..... It worked!!!!!! Cheers fron Bazza
     
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  15. barrypond

    barrypond New Member

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    Eddie

    Looks like he has a new home on the Gold Coast. He will be leaving in 2 weeks time to yive with a young family So I am happy with that. B
     

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