A haulage driver has been left unable to find work after a DVLA mistake.
Lewis Fishwick was informed by DVLA that his licence was to be immediately revoked after a 5-month-old mistake was unearthed.
The 20-year-old from Greencroft, Penwortham had previously been banned from driving but successfully passed extended tests to get the licence back.
After setting up his own haulage company, which meant he had to take out finance on a lorry, Lewis was informed that he should not have received his licence again until his 21st birthday.
‘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,’ said Lewis Fishwick.
‘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.
He had previously been banned from driving after an insecure load fell from his lorry.
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 (LGVs) that have been disqualified can only apply to have the vocational entitlement reinstated on their 21st birthday.
By Peter Jepson