Drivers may need to have 'regular examinations' to continue driving on public roads


Safety experts at GEM Motoring Assist say calls for “age-based self-certification” system should be replaced by regular checks on all drivers. This could include regular tests on a driver’s eyesight, hearing and blood pressure rates.

“It is concerning that the only requirement in law for anyone aged over 70 is to declare every three years that they are fit to drive.

“We believe that an age-based self-certification system should be replaced by regular medical examinations for drivers of all ages, with checks on eyesight, hearing, vision and blood pressure.

“However, in the absence of an effective re-testing framework, it’s vital that we each take responsibility for our own safety.

“We want as many people as possible to enjoy the freedom of the open road as drivers, but safety must be the priority.”

The Department for Transport has claimed drivers over 70 are more likely to be involved in collisions caused by driver error.

Meanwhile, data showed over 6,300 elderly drivers were killed or seriously injured on the roads in 2019.

In comparison just over 5,600 young people between the ages of 17 and 24 who many falsely believe to be the most at-risk group.



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