January 19, 2010

UK: Get the elderly off freeways, says UK driving group

. CAPE TOWN, South Africa / Motoring.co.za / January 19, 2010 Age Discrimination Now Weapon for Roadnannies, screams a headline SHOULD ELDERLY DRIVERS BE ALLOWED ON MOTORWAYS? The Institute for Advanced Motorists in the UK has taken police crash data and translated it into meaning drivers older than 70 should be banned from fast-moving traffic. Elderly drivers should be banned from motorways and busy dual carriageways to prevent accidents, a motoring group has urged. Road safety organisation the Institute for Advanced Motorists argued that older drivers should be protected from roads with a 70mph speed limit. Just a few days ago motoring.co.za carried a report about a 104-year-old woman in New Zealand who is still driving competently - though she has the sense to avoid traffic congestion. Her views on younger drivers are worth reading'We don't think this should be a blanket ban' - IAM boss... The UK call followed an analysis by the institute of seven years of police crash data that showed older drivers were safer than younger people on local roads but at increased risk on motorways or in fast-moving traffic. Neil Greig, the IAM's director of policy, told The Daily Telegraph: "We don't think this should be a blanket ban but, where there is medical evidence that a person could pose a risk to themself and others, it could be a sensible compromise. "We are not talking about an arbitrary age limit. It would have to be done on a case-by-case basis with medical advice." A British driving licence is valid until the age of 70 after which it has be renewed every three years, when the licence-holder is required to fill in a questionnaire. An overhaul of these arrangements is expected before the next UK General Election with drivers likely to be required to certify their fitness to be on the road every 10 years. [rc] - Daily Mail, London © 1999 - 2010 Motoring & Independent Online (Pty) Ltd