Why Raise The Licence Renewal Age From 70 To 80?
A Department for Transport report has claimed that the age motorists have to renew their licence should increase from seventy to eighty. Why? Because the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency – that is responsible for licences - is struggling to keep pace with the volume of renewals. This initiative would ease the pressure that has been rising as nearly sixty percent of people aged seventy plus now drive. That is fifteen percent higher than in the mid-seventies. As such, the number of motorists that are medically assessed has increased by fifty percent in the last decade alone. The Agency, therefore, now receives nearly one and a half million items of medial mail per-year – and processing takes a bite out of the four-hundred and twenty million pound budget. The purpose of the Department for Transport report is to suggest how to make the Agency more efficient and better value. As things stand, a motorist that hits seventy has to renew the licence to confirm he/she is fit to drive. This process – that has to be repeated every three years - therefore requests information about the applicant's eyesight and any medical conditions that can impede driving. These include: fits, epilepsy, blackouts, diabetes, etc.
Safety Champion Unconvinced By Proposal To Raise Renewal Age From 70 To 80
The Department for Transport report also claims that increasing the renewal age to eighty could have little or no impact on road safety. Others are unconvinced. As such Julie Townsend – Brake Road Safety Charity's Deputy Chief Executive, said: "It is concerning the Department for Transport is considering raising the age for licence renewal, regulation that's in place for good reason. At this age, conditions that can significantly impair your ability to drive safely become much more common, so it's essential we have robust procedures to ensure older drivers are not inadvertently putting themselves and others in grave danger. Licence renewal prompts older drivers to check and self-certify they are fit to drive. Brake is calling on government to strengthen fitness to drive regulation to help prevent needless tragedies, such as through compulsory eyesight testing throughout your driving career and health checks for older drivers. Brake recommends older drivers visit their GP and have sight and hearing tests at least annually - or sooner if they notice a problem - to ensure they are fit enough to continue driving and not unwillingly putting lives on the line when they get behind the wheel."