Mr Williams was accused of 'braking too quickly' after asking him to perform an emergency stop
Keith Priestley accused Ben Williams, 24, of “braking too quickly” after asking him to perform an emergency stop in November 2015.
Mr Williams had been in the middle of his third attempt at his driving test when his examiner stopped it immediately after the manoeuvre and told him he had failed.
He asked Mr Williams’ instructor, Elaine Rose, who was sitting in the back, to take the wheel instead.
Mr Priestley had eventually dropped his claim against Mr Williams and was disciplined
It’s nerve-racking enough doing a driving test, let alone the instructor trying to sue you
Mr Williams was given a note saying: “Test terminated due to examiner not fit to carry on.”
Two weeks later Mr Williams got a letter from solicitors notifying him that Mr Priestley would be making a claim against him.
But the learner driver claimed Ms Rose said his emergency stop was “perfect”, despite the complaints from Mr Priestley, who worked at the test centre in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.
Mr Priestley worked at the test centre in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
Mr Williams, an engineer 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.
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“The instructor asked me to perform the emergency stop, so I did, and then he started 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. It’s horrendous to take advantage of a learner driver like that.”
Mr Williams finally passed his test last December
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency investigated and later ruled in Mr Williams favour and even offered him a re-test.
He finally passed his test last December.
They also told him Mr Priestley had dropped his claim against him and was disciplined.
A spokesman said he had since left the agency.