4 million over-70s hold driving licences

September 23, 2013 | By | In News

The number of motorists over 70 that still hold a valid driving licence has exceeded four million for the first time, according to the RAC Foundation.

Once a driver reaches 70, they have to declare to the DVLA that they are fit to drive once every three years, but do not have to undergo an additional driving or medical exam.

More and more elderly drivers are electing to keep hold of their licences, with the RAC Foundation stating that there are 191 drivers over the age of 100 in the UK. In total there are 4,018,900 over-70s legally entitled to drive.

The country’s oldest legally licenced driver is a 107-year-old woman.

The news has attracted words of warning from motoring organisations. Speaking to the BBC, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "In general, older drivers have an enviable safety record, but it is clear that faced with this critical yes-or-no decision, many motorists simply do not have a realistic view of their capabilities."

He continued by urging elderly drivers to regularly assess their fitness to drive.

However, elderly drivers are by no means the most dangerous drivers, with young, first-time drivers involved in the majority of accidents. However research has shown that older drivers can be confused by high-speed junctions and slip roads.

Research charity Rica, in association with the RAC Foundation has produced a guide to help older drivers wanting to stay mobile, called Safe Driving for Life.

Do you think younger or older drivers are more to blame for accidents on the road? Have your say below.

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