Elderly driving restrictions: New road rules should ‘not be based on reaching 70’

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He has warned restrictions should not only be based on reaching 70, warning some older drivers are still “safe” on the road. Instead any driver, regardless of age, should be regularly tested if they are diagnosed with a severe medical condition.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said younger drivers were “plagued by inexperience” and could pose just as much risk.

He said: “Anyone with a medical condition that impacts negatively on their safe driving ability must be subject to regular statutory testing to renew their licence.

“It should not be based on reaching 70.

“We all know, youthful drivers are plagued by inexperience, machismo, and distraction.

“Over a third of all road accidents in the UK are caused by failing to look properly.

“It is the most common cause of all UK road accidents, yet it should be the easiest to prevent.

“Drivers aged, for example, 60 to 69 are the safest drivers by most measures examined.”

The comments come just weeks after Drive Mobility suggested elderly road with severe medical conditions could face some restrictions.

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This would include curfews preventing elderly road users from travelling at night and distance limits restricting movement to between 20 and 30 miles.

Other campaigners have also called for elderly drivers to require annual health checks or visit a GP before renewing their licence to ensure they are still safe to drive on the road.

Figures from police forces have revealed as many as 30 percent of elderly drivers with medical conditions fail to inform the DVLA.

It is a legal requirement to inform the DVLA of medical problems with drivers fined if they are caught lying.

Data from the Department for Transport also revealed drivers over 70 are more likely to be involved in accidents linked to driver error.

Data also revealed a total of 6,312 over 70s were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in 2019.

This is compared to just 5,604 young drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 who were killed or seriously injured.

Mr Cox said dangerous drivers should face the reservations but repeated this should not be based on age alone.

He told Express.co.uk: “It is appropriate that as failing health inevitably accompanies ageing, drivers should indeed be challenged on their driving capabilities as they lose certain vital sensory and motor faculties.

“I repeat, motorists of all ages, ought to be regularly probed as to their competence to drive safely on our congested roads.

“Dangerous drivers unquestionably must face driving curfews, trackers and distance limits, not highly experienced, skilled, safe and capable drivers over the arbitrary age of 70.”

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