Over 70 in poor health face night driving ban when changing license

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Over 70 in poor health face night driving ban when changing license


Drivers over the age of 70 who suffer from medical conditions may be allowed to keep their licenses if they stick to the roads in their area.

New proposals discussed by DVLA and Driving Mobility would also see older motorists fitting a tracker to their vehicle as part of a “graduated driver’s license” program.

The talks come as data shows an increase in the number of drivers over 70 on the road, doubling in the past 25 years, reports The Sunday Times.

Statistics also show that the number of road fatalities involving motorists in this age group also fell from 95 in 2010 to 145 in 2020.

Drivers over the age of 70 who suffer from medical conditions could be allowed to keep their licenses if they stick to their area’s roads and install a tracker on their vehicles (stock image)

The new “graduated driver’s licenses” would see older drivers with health problems limited to an area of ​​just 20 or 30 miles from their homes and could see an overnight ban enforced.

Edward Trewhella, managing director of Driving Mobility, said many older drivers tend to stay in their area anyway when driving, making short trips for personal errands.

He said: “This process would regularize that and make it legal for them to do so as long as they haven’t traveled outside of an area or outside of a time limit. “

Currently, a driver’s license expires when a motorist turns 70 and those who wish to stay on the road should contact the DVLA.

There are 5,525,452 drivers aged 70 and over with a full driving license in the UK. Of these, there are 89,420 people aged 87.

They must also inform the organization of any medical conditions they are suffering from that could affect their driving safety – and a review is carried out every three years.

New proposals discussed by the DVLA and Driving Mobility would also see elderly motorists installing a tracker on their vehicle as part of a `` graduated driver's license '' program.

New proposals discussed by DVLA and Driving Mobility would also see older motorists fitting a tracker to their vehicle as part of a “graduated driver’s license” program.

This is not uncommon, however, as the DVLA requires drivers of all ages to report medical conditions that could interfere with their driving.

Despite this, a pilot program run in Hampshire, which allows older drivers involved in road crashes to take a driving aptitude test rather than face prosecution, found that 30% of those involved did not had not informed the DVLA of their health conditions.

However, Edmund King, chairman of the AA, warned rather than introducing restrictions, more should be expected from medical professionals to flag motorists who are not fit to drive.

He said: “They are here to save lives and what better way to save lives than to stop someone you know is capable of killing because of their own medical condition. “

In 2019, a report from the Association of Optometrists found that the vision quality of a third of all drivers is below legal standards.

It is estimated that more than 2,000 accidents could be avoided each year if regular eye checks were in place.

Currently, a driver's license expires when a motorist turns 70 and those who wish to stay on the road should contact the DVLA (stock image)

Currently, a driver’s license expires when a motorist turns 70 and those who wish to stay on the road should contact the DVLA (stock image)

The news comes weeks after the government unveiled plans for a £ 3 billion ‘green revolution’ that would see hundreds of miles of new bus lanes built to deter people from driving.

The plans also included simpler fares with daily price caps for multiple trips on different types of public transport.

The £ 3 billion investment will also help finance 4,000 electric or hydrogen vehicles built in the UK to deliver clean, quiet and emissions-free travel. There will also be a consultation on a deadline for the sale of new diesel buses.

The Department for Transport hopes the strategy will enable passengers in England to benefit from more frequent, more reliable, easier to use, better coordinated and cheaper bus services.

The strategy, which reverses much of Margaret Thatcher’s deregulation in 1986, risks angering motorists, who could face longer journeys.

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