Drivers over 70 who are in poor health might have to stop driving at night and stay in their local area, according to proposals under discussion by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency). So could over 70s be banned from driving at night...
Anyone over 70 who has a health condition that impacts their driving, including diabetes, Parkinson’s and epilepsy, will be encouraged to register for a new ‘graduate driving license’. This license would restrict them to a 30-mile radius from their home, and they could be banned from driving after dark. The proposals are not yet finalised but are seen as a potential improvement on the current system for older drivers.
Now, when someone reaches the age of 70, their driving license expires and they must tell the DVLA whether they have a medical condition that may impact their driving. Edward Trewhella, the chief executive of Driving Mobility, said to The Sunday Times: “A lot of older drivers stay in their own area — they go to the shops, the doctor’s surgery, visit their grandson down the road, and probably drive on familiar minor roads.”
As Britain’s population gets older, many people are still active and in work into their 70s, making the roads increasingly busy: the number of over-70s on Britain’s roads has doubled within the last 25 years.
A pilot scheme found that a number of elderly drivers who were in car accidents had not informed the DVLA of a relevant health condition. The scheme offered them a fitness-to-drive test as an alternative to prosecution.
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: "There are no plans to introduce a graduate driving license for drivers aged 70 or over.”
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