Planning needed for growing elderly drivers

Research by the IAM shows that the number of drivers over the age of 65 is increasing

The research, based on a freedom of information request to the DVLA combined with 2011 statistics from the Office of National Statistics, shows that the number of drivers over the age of 90 could rise from 70,000 to 84,000 by 2017 and the number of 80 year old drivers, currently just over a million could rise to over 1.25 million over the next decade.

The IAM warns that whilst elderly motorists are no more likely to cause crashes than younger drivers, the Government needs to form a strategy on making the growing elderly motoring population more aware of the risks faced in a modern motoring environment and that compulsory re-testing is not necessarily the answer. Existing law stated that motorists are required to renew their licence at 70 and every 3 years thereafter.

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