Elderly drivers: Confused.com put OAPs to the test
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The new law changes were suggested by IAM RoadSmart last week in a bid to boost road safety. The experts called for drivers to be issued “flexible” driving licences which would restrict some movements of older drivers.
A study from the group found 46 percent of more than 3,000 older motorists over the age of 60 backed the proposals.
However, the new plans were criticised by Express readers who warn the policies were too restrictive.
Express reader Coxalla went on a spirited attack of the new policy suggesting many older drivers were still capable of getting behind the wheel.
They said: “Why should I be told when I can drive and that I cannot go out after dark.
“I am getting sick of my life being restricted. I may be older but I still work, pay my taxes and contribute to society in voluntary positions.
“I have never had a point on my licence. I was a qualified driving instructor, I passed the IAM test and passed [the] gold standard ROSPA test.
“I have not had an accident that was my fault. I have always taken driving very seriously but I am to be shut in at night like a child.
“I live in the country with no public transport so I cannot go out for a meal to see my family or in an emergency?
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“How many youngsters can match my driving record of 56 years with no points?
“This kind of blanket law is petty, lazy and discriminatory.”
Reader Big MSF also hit back against the plans which would “force” drivers to only travel to certain areas.
They said: “Personally I am against elderly drivers being subjected to restricted licences.
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