Maximum driving age isn’t ‘necessary’ if motorists can drive safely

Elderly drivers: Confused.com put OAPs to the test

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There has been plenty of debate surrounding the maximum driving age. And, while there are no official Government plans to introduce it as of yet, it could happen in the future. Drivers across the UK are fairly divided with many against the introduction of the measures. 

With all of that in mind, Express.co.uk spoke to a motoring expert about the issue.

Dorry Potter, car and scrappage expert for National Scrap Car, stressed that there is no need to introduce a maximum driving age, as long as elderly drivers can prove they are still “safe”. 

She said: “As we age our reflexes slow and our eyesight typically starts to get worse, meaning during the seasons of rain, snow, fog and dark days it can mean driving is more dangerous for elderly drivers- due to decreased visibility and less grip on the roads.

“A maximum age limit is not necessary if elderly drivers can prove they are still safe on the roads.”

Ms Potter added: “There are currently controls in place for the elderly whereby changes to eyesight or reactions are assessed by doctors and driver’s licences can be revoked on medical grounds.

“So instead of enforcing a maximum age, elderly drivers should just ensure they attend regular checks with their doctor to keep them safe on the road.”

Earlier this year Express.co.uk reported that there were more than 134,000 drivers over the age of 90 on the UK roads.

And with the new figures continually increasing, motorists have started to wonder about road safety with calls for a maximum driving age to be introduced.

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According to the Older Drivers Task Force, there will be more than one million drivers over the age of 85 by 2025.

The Task Force said it is “vital” that changes are made to “prepare for this demographic change”.

Despite the calls, there are no official Government plans to go through with the proposal as of yet.

However, several Express.co.uk readers have previously voiced their frustrations calling the proposals “unacceptable”.

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One reader named thedukejohn said: “Some countries respect their elderly and revere them. Britain is not one of them!”

EDPW added: “It is unacceptable to target the elderly when statistically they are the safest drivers.”

Holmewood commented: “I am 85, retired two years ago, paying my corporation tax.

“I have a clean licence, clean insurance. I have an eye test annually as I have had two operations to stall glaucoma. I drive a BMW 3ltr M sport, and a BMW Classic 4Ltr V8. I am not overconfident but cautious.

“We are all born with similar abilities, but we all end at a different time of life. Maybe a basic observation of vehicle handling by an accredited driving instructor could satisfy the blame shifters. After all what group causes most accidents? Thanks.”

Under the current law, once a driver reaches the age of 70 years old, they must renew their driving licence every three years.

They can use the DVLA’s service to renew their driving licence if they are 70 or over, or if they will be 70 in the next 90 days.

The DVLA will automatically send drivers a D46P application form 90 days before their 70th birthday, allowing drivers to renew.

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