Car insurance: ABI calls for more testing of elderly drivers

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called for a major restructure of road monitoring to ensure the safety of elderly drivers on the nation's roads.

New research from the ABI has found that elderly drivers – those aged 70 or over – are more than three times more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident than their younger counterparts.

Older drivers will often find that their car insurance premiums are pushed up as a result and they find it harder to obtain a cheap car insurance quote.

But elderly motorists could soon be able to sit a new test involving extra training to allow them to drive safely on the roads, in a move that could ultimately bring down their car insurance premiums.

Speaking on BBC One's Lunchtime News, the ABI's head of liability, motor and risk pricing Justin Jacobs said: "It is important to put the issue in context.

"At the moment less than one in ten drivers are aged over 70. But our research shows that by the middle of the century as many as one in four drivers could be aged over 70, and this presents real challenges to society."

He added: "We want to work closely with Help the Aged, Age Concern and local authorities to help elderly drivers drive safely for as long as possible."

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