Car insurance: Older drivers should face tests

Wednesday, 05 September 2007

Britain's driving licensing authority has called for drivers over the age of 70 to face a test of their skills, the Daily Mail has reported.

The statement by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) took place on Sunday and was in response to new figures that showed that drivers from the age of 71 are three times more likely than their younger counterparts to be killed or seriously harmed in an accident.

Currently, older drivers have to report all medical conditions that could possibly affect their driving, but this assessment is not always necessarily accurate, the DVLA argued.

A new driving test would give a chance for older drivers to reassess their driving and to make sure that poor eyesight and hearing difficulties.

The one hour test would also allow for greater training for those deemed borderline unsafe.

Rising car insurance costs are leading the need to ensure safer driving on the roads.

And older drivers are becoming an increasing proportion of motorists, with about three million currently holding driver's licenses.

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