One in 10 older drivers not fit to be on the road


The RAC foundation has released a report called ‘Driving Choices for the Older Motorist’. The report claims that some older drivers are stopping driving before they need to, whilst others who remain on the road can be a hazard.


There are currently 3.9 million drivers over the age of 70 who drive regularly in the UK. These motorists have to self-certify that they are fit to drive when they reach 70 and again every 3 years after this, but without any formal medical assessment required.


The report claims that of the 500,000 drivers turning 70 this year, 50,000 will be unfit to continue driving.


RAC Foundation director, Professor Stephen Glaister, said: "In general older drivers have an enviable safety record but it is clear that faced with this critical yes or no decision many motorists simply do not have a realistic view of their capabilities."

"While this will mean there are drivers who are unfit to be on the roads there will be many others who have prematurely hung up their keys. This will have a huge impact on their ability to live an active life, access essential services and take part in social activities."


Glaister also added that he does not support compulsory retesting of older drivers, but does believe they need to be better educated on how to assess their abilities.

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