Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns has won an appeal to have his drivers licence reinstated after he was banned for his susceptibility to epileptic seizures.
The 45-year-old lost his licence in December 2018 after he suffered an epileptic seizure at a cafe in Yamba on the New South Wales north coast.
As per Service NSW driving rules, Johns licence was automatically banned for six months as a safety precaution.
‘I’ve got my freedom back and it’s unreal,’ Johns told The Daily Telegraph.
Andrew Johns (pictured with partner Kate Kendall) has had his drivers licence reinstated after being banned for suffering epileptic seizures
‘There are no restrictions and I can drive whenever I want.’
‘The old Opal card has been shoved to the back part of my wallet.’
Johns applied to have his licence reinstated earlier this year and was rejected, leaving him to rely on his partner Kate Kendall and a combination of friends, public transport and ride sharing for transport.
For a driver to have their licence returned, the candidate must go six months without having a seizure, and be able to provide proof of medication and medical supervision and treatment.
Johns was able to pass Roads and Maritime Services conditions this week, and is now back behind the wheel.
‘I can understand why they make it such a long process, you’ve got to protect other motorists,’ Johns said.
‘Once I had the support of my neuro specialist and a solicitor from Brydens Lawyers, we got it done.’
‘It’s a huge relief for my family.’
It was also revealed that Johns has a new project in the works.
The former Newcastle star is set to host a podcast with Australian cricket legend Shane Warne.
Shane Warne (pictured) is set to host a new podcast with Andrew Johns
Warne and Johns have both commentated their respective sport with Channel 9 for many years, with Johns once facing an over of Warne’s bowling on The Cricket Show.
Johns posted an Instagram photo after their exchange, where Warne managed to strike Johns in the crotch on one of his deliveries.
‘Dream come true got to face the king,’ Johns posted.
‘Got one where it hurts. People told me playing with Warnie, wear protection.’
The podcast pairing was thought up by rugby league legend Paul ‘Chief’ Harrogan and Warne, who spent time together in South Africa filming the reality TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!’
The pairing of Shane Warne and Andrew Johns (both pictured) was thought up by rugby league legend Paul ‘Chief’ Hogan and Warne while they were filming ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!’