Car insurance: Customers aged over 70 'should undergo annual health checks'

Monday, 15 February 2010

Car insurance customers aged 70 and over should be subjected to more stringent testing before they are allowed to get behind the wheel, it has been claimed.

The road safety charity Brake has said drivers over 70 should undergo an annual 'fit to drive' health check after an 18-month-old baby was killed in Lancashire when an 89-year-old driver lost control of his car.

It is thought the elderly driver became ill at the wheel.

Brake deputy chief executive Cathy Keeler said current rules were not enough to ensure elderly motorists still have appropriate driving skills.

"More frequent checks are needed for older drivers as there are known health risks associated with ageing that directly affect driving ability," she explained.

Current rules require drivers aged over 70 years old to renew their licence and fill out a self assessment form declaring their fitness to drive every three years.

The Highways Agency recommends that older drivers should have their eyesight checked regularly and ask their GP or pharmacist how any prescription medications may affect their driving.

Posted by Rick Malone

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