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Polish v. UK C1 Medical

A comparison of C1 medical in Poland with the same in uk. As UK same medical for all lorry/bus up to ‘C’

Take Basia as my interpreter with me.

Firstly one is warned in advance it will last 3 hours. What?!

Arrive and first one has to fill in a form answering questions on health, which are more or less the same as the one’s the UK Dr. fills in, having asked you the questions, so not much difference there.

10-15 minutes wait.

Called to ‘Psychology tests’. First test is matching shapes in a book. I got as far as page 18 (without falling asleep with boredom) when the lady takes the book.

Next on the computer answering lots(60?) of questions on reactions to certain situations, not necessarily driving. Probably looking for consistency, many on alcohol.

Then on computer to do coordination tests – like games of tennis, getting dot past moving blocks etc.

Next put in a light-proof box for 5+ mins to adjust eyes to dark. After which flashing light then wait for circle with gap to appear out of the gloom and say which o’clock gap is at.

All the psychology takes more than one hour, by which time the rest of the team are chomping at the bit to go home.

Rushed into eye test – just basic letters diminishing in size like UK. I was failing. She took my glasses to wash – I had been wearing the Covid mask all the time and residue from condensation had built up. Passed.

Rushed into Dr. She spent 10 minutes filling in forms, then only took BP. Finally signed ‘Pass’ form with re-test date 2 ½ years hence.

This was the disappointment as blurb said every 5 years, but for over 60s they halve it. I had thought 5 years would make it safe to buy another MH >3.5t.

It had all taken 3 hours. My interpreter was not needed so Basia sat reading a book all this time.

Seems very long winded and less thorough than UK on purely medical side, just all the guff on psychological side.

All for 350kgs over 3.5t in out MH, but we ould not run at 3.5t.

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I have just done the same thing here for the over 3.5t vehicle.....

It did not take that long, but I don't want to upset you.....
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I have just done the same thing here for the over 3.5t vehicle.....

It did not take that long, but I don't want to upset you.....

If I had known it would only be good for 2 1/2 years instead of 3 for UK I may not have bothered.


At least I do not have to do the Psychology bit next time.


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Anyone else wondering how he passed the Psychology bit?

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Mine is due January, waiting on optician appointment at the moment, then will get my doctor to sign the medical part of the form. Strangely there is a company near me called D4Drivers who advertise the test, medical & optical, for £55. Seems odd that a doctor who does not know anything about my medical history can complete a form detailing my medical history.
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If I had known it would only be good for 2 1/2 years instead of 3 for UK I may not have bothered.


At least I do not have to do the Psychology bit next time.


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You win on that (are we playing Top Trumps C1 Medicals?), only valid 2 years here, but only cost 35€ Devonboy, and here, your own Doctor CANNOT complete it, there is a specialised panel of medics that do it.

So I win on how long it took,

I lose on how long it lasts,

I win on how much it costs....

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Anyone else wondering how he passed the Psychology bit?

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Mine is due January, waiting on optician appointment at the moment, then will get my doctor to sign the medical part of the form. Strangely there is a company near me called D4Drivers who advertise the test, medical & optical, for £55. Seems odd that a doctor who does not know anything about my medical history can complete a form detailing my medical history.
Our Gp charges £100 cash to fill in the medical

Optical is free

Still waiting for the licence , Alberts consultant phoned to ask why on earth had they contacted him , nothing to suggest a problem but he has has written back to them them

Could be because last time we usedDforDrivers and the young doctor ticked his cancer could spread to the brain, took over six months to get the licence, it’s the DVLA medical team that causes the hold up, perhaps not using own GP caused suspicion

Having said that it’s just as longwinded this time, good job we are not intending to go abroad , last time we missed our spring holiday waiting for the licence , you can still drive in this country until your license is refused but not abroad

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Our Gp charges £100 cash to fill in the medical
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My GP practice has quoted £25 to complete the form.
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I just checked to see if I had to apply for my ordinary licence which expires when you are 70. Due to Covid they have extended the deadline giving you, I think, another nine months or so to do so due to Covid.

Given the standard of driving in our village, mainly involving young women, I think they should make everyone take a test every so often. There are no pavements and these young women drive right at you when we are walking. I stare at their eyes as I get ready to jump on the grass verge and see no hint of recognition that there is a pedestrian and dog in their path. Just as I am about to jump they veer round me! Terrifying!
One particular woman did this every morning and so, when we spotted her we waved to attract her attention and Chris stretched an arm out, to indicate that she should be further out, and she hit his hand with her wing mirror! It made a loud bang but she did not stop to see if the pedestrian she had just hit was all right. We released her details on local social media indicating that we knew her registration number (we did not) and we did not see her in that car again.
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