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Examiner said my emergency stop gave him whiplash

A LEARNER driver faced legal action by his test examiner — who claimed he hit the brakes too suddenly doing an emergency stop.

Ben Williams was accused of causing whiplash to Keith Priestley by performing the manoeuvre.

A few weeks later, he received a letter from solicitors, notifying him Mr Priestley was going to sue.

Mr Williams, from Birmingham, said: ‘It was an absolute nightmare, it’s nerve racking enough doing a driving test, let alone the instructor trying to sue you afterwards.

‘The examiner asked me to perform the stop, so I did. 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 in the back seat.’

Mr Williams’s instructor, Elaine Rose, called the stop ‘perfect’. But Mr Priestley immediately told him he had failed and asked Ms Rose to drive the car back to the Sutton Coldfield test centre. He wrote a note that said: ‘Test terminated due to examiner not fit to carry on.’

Mr Williams, 24, objected and the November 2015 incident was investigated by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. Mr Priestley eventually dropped his legal claim and was disciplined. He no longer works for the agency.

Mr Williams had to delay re-taking the test — which he had already failed twice — while the inquiry was ongoing. He passed in December.