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22/04/2010

Over 70s re-test unnecessary according to RAC

The belief that older drivers cause more accident claims has been shown to be a myth after elderly drivers have been found to be among the safest on the roads according to the RAC.

Due to the findings, plans to bring in a mandatory driving re-test for older drivers have been scrapped after it was decided they would be too hard to police and would limit elderly drivers' mobility.

According to the RAC, elderly motorists' safety record is better than that of many young drivers. The report said that 53% of the over-70s hold a driving licence and 16% of the UK population is currently over the age of 65.

RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: "Despite the myths, older drivers are no less safe than other age groups."

He added that older drivers should be offered refresher training which should be seen as an offer of help rather than a compulsory measure than leaves them fearful of losing their licence.

An eye-sight test may instead be brought in for the over 70s instead of the driving re-test which could help prevent against car accidents and accident claims made against the age group.

 

 

 
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