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BLIND FAITH; EXCLUSIVE PEOPLE driven to despair as we get a lift from No1 L-test loser.

Byline: By JESSICA BOULTON

DETERMINED Peter Davies has clocked up 5,000 miles in his battle to pass his driving test - even though he is HALF-BLIND.

Peter is so bad that 300 of his neighbours have signed a petition to have him banned from the roads.

And his last teacher ditched him when Peter ploughed into a garden fence during a lesson.

But The People decided to help out by staging a mock test for the unemployed bachelor, dubbed Mr Magoo after the myopic cartoon character.

We signed up retired instructor Derek Cottrell to pass on his 40 years of experience to Peter, 25. And the wannabe motorist rose to the challenge by FAILING - before he had even got INTO the car.

Despite inch-thick lenses in his glasses, he could not read a number plate from 25 yards - a basic test requirement.

Derek, 75, immediately barred him from driving on the Queen's highway.

Instead, we took Peter to a private park and let him loose on tracks where there were no cars - and no pedestrians.

Peter, who has held a provisional licence for five years, boosted our confidence saying: "I bump into things all the time.

"The other day I hit myself on the door then fell over a table, all because I couldn't see they were there.

"But when I'm driving I'm fine. It's a bit harder at night. I'll just eat more carrots."

Peter, of Burry Port, West Wales, was finally allowed to take the wheel of his dad's Sierra automatic - and almost hit our photographer and a parked BMW.

Then as I donned a crash helmet and Derek cowed in the back - pictured above - he set off at a nerve-jangling 25mph.

His loop of the park lasted 20 minutes - but it felt like a lifetime.

Afterwards Derek told shattered Peter he had failed but added: "You're not the worst I've ever had."

Peter was thrilled with the "positive" comments and vowed: "I WILL pass my test because I am a good driver.

"People have stuck their noses in where it's none of their business. It's them who are being short-sighted."

Neighbours have sent their petition calling for Peter's road ban to the DVLA.

One who signed it - Eve Seddon, 66 - said: "If he's about everyone gets off the streets and hides indoors."

And Keith Every, 35, added: "He just pulls out of junctions. I don't know whether he just doesn't look or he can't actually see the cars coming."

But far from quitting, Peter now plans to save as much cash as he can from his meagre benefits to fulfil his fantasy of owning a red PORSCHE.

The basic 911 starts at pounds 60,000, with a top speed of 177mph. Peter said: "It's my dream to get one so my dad and I can cruise round Britain CAMPING."

jessica.boulton@people.co.uk

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