Driving examiner tried to sue student for 'braking too quickly'

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***EMBARGOED UNTIL 3PM GMT 12 FEBRUARY 2017*** Ben Williams, 24 an engineer from Birmingham who has had a claim against him from his driving examiner for whiplash after braking during an emergancy stop while on a test. who See NTI copy NTI: A driving examiner tried to sue a learner driver after he claimed he got whiplash during a driving test. Keith Priestley accused Ben Williams, 24, of ‘braking too quickly’ after asking him to perform an emergency stop in November 2015. But according to Ben’s instructor, Elaine Rose, who was sitting in the back seat, his maneuver was ‘perfect’- despite the complaints from Priestley, who worked at the test centre in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Two weeks later, the novice driver received a letter from solicitors notifying him that Priestley would be making a claim against him.  Ben, an engineer from Birmingham, said: “It was an absolute nightmare, it’s nerve racking enough doing a diving test - let alone the instructor trying to sue you afterwards.

A driving examiner tried to sue a learner for giving him whiplash during an emergency stop procedure.

Keith Priestley accused learner Ben Williams of 'braking too quickly' during his test in November 2015.

However, Williams' instructor Elaine Rose, who was sat in the back seat, claimed the manoeuvre was 'perfect' and neither her nor Williams suffered any injury.

Immediately after the emergency stop, Priestley told Williams that he had failed, and asked Rose to drive the vehicle back to the test centre in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

While Williams was given no major or minors in his test, a note on his appraisal read: 'test terminated due to examiner not fit to carry on.'

Three weeks later, he received a letter from Priestley's solicitors notifying him of the claim against him for the 'injuries'.

***EMBARGOED UNTIL 3PM GMT 12 FEBRUARY 2017*** Keith Priestley the driving examiner. See NTI copy NTI: A driving examiner tried to sue a learner driver after he claimed he got whiplash during a driving test. Keith Priestley accused Ben Williams, 24, of ‘braking too quickly’ after asking him to perform an emergency stop in November 2015. But according to Ben’s instructor, Elaine Rose, who was sitting in the back seat, his maneuver was ‘perfect’- despite the complaints from Priestley, who worked at the test centre in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Two weeks later, the novice driver received a letter from solicitors notifying him that Priestley would be making a claim against him.  Ben, an engineer from Birmingham, said: “It was an absolute nightmare, it’s nerve racking enough doing a diving test - let alone the instructor trying to sue you afterwards.

But, only three weeks after the test, instructor Rose saw Priestley walking along the street and turning his head, proving the injuries non-existent. She was later required to defend Williams against the claim.

In May 2016 the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) went in Ben's favour and offered him a free re-test.

Priestly reportedly dropped his claim against Ben and was removed from his position in August 2016.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Williams, an engineer from Birmingham, said: "It was an absolute nightmare, it's nerve racking enough doing a diving test - let alone the instructor trying to sue you afterwards.

"The instructor asked me to perform the emergency stop, so I did, and then he started moaning and groaning that I braked too hard and fast.

"But I felt fine, and so did my driving instructor who was sitting in the back seat.

"I think he was just trying to get money out of me. It's horrendous to take advantage of a learner driver like that."