ISLANDERS OVER 70 COULD BE BANNED FROM DRIVING AT NIGHT UNDER NEW PROPOSALS

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Islanders aged over 70 who are in poor health could be banned from driving at night and have trackers fitted to their vehicles under new proposals being considered by the Driving & Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Other restrictions being considered under the proposals could include banning elderly drivers with health problems from driving more than 30 miles away from their homes.

The proposal for so-called ‘graduated driving licenses’ comes as the number of drivers older than 70 on the roads has doubled in the last 25 years. A pilot scheme in Hampshire found that 30% of drivers involved have not told the DVLA of their medical conditions despite being legally required to.

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Driving licenses automatically expire and must be renewed when motorists reach the age of 70, but despite this 5,525,452 over 70’s are still on the roads in the UK.

Speaking to The Sun, Chief Executive of Driving Mobility said that most elderly drivers stay within their areas. He added:

“This process would regularise that, and make it legal for them to do so as long as they didn’t take a trip outside of an area or outside of a time restriction.”

The proposals haven’t been supported all-round, however, with the AA president, Edward King, warning against bringing in restrictions for the elderly. He said:

“They are there to save lives and what better way to save lives than to prevent someone who you know is capable of killing through their own medical condition.”

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David Hogg
David Hogg
1 month ago

Have I missed something why Islanders how about those on the mainland are we segregated for another trial it does state Islanders born and bred or as you often do count Islanders as including overners too

Janesville Read
Janesville Read
Reply to  David Hogg
1 month ago

It’s not just islanders, it over 70s mainlanders as well

Ryde News
Ryde News
1 month ago

Absolute nonsense! If someone is fit to drive then they are fit to drive regardless of their age. Take some of these youngsters off the roads then you most definitely save lives.

Obviously !
Obviously !
Reply to  Ryde News
1 month ago

It’s not just youngsters, Iv lost count how many old people don’t know how round abouts work, they don’t know speed limits, they indicate even when the road goes that way! Iv been cut up by old people. At the end of the day, roads and how you drive on the roads has changed since 30,40,50 years ago. Old people are in denial, hand up your keys and use your free bus passes

Soo
Soo
Reply to  Obviously !
1 month ago

I haven’t reached 70 yet but I resent the idea that I don’t know how to drive. Please be careful what you say

Obviously
Obviously
Reply to  Soo
1 month ago

Ooooh sorry, it’s only ok for oldies to voice their opinion and be right, it’s not ok for the younger generation to speak up and be right.
Silly me, I was under the impression the government felt a need to spend time & money to investigate this issue for no reason Clearly the statistics/ facts the government are looking at are clearly wrong because the older generation know best .

Bart.
Bart.
1 month ago

It’s not April 1st yet is it?

Dave M
Dave M
1 month ago

Test peoples ability to drive not on their age, I am 88 and still drive, I would be willing to be tested as I was five years ago

Obviously !
Obviously !
Reply to  Dave M
1 month ago

My grandad is 88, he lives with my parents that are also his carers, he can’t walk without a frame, can’t undo a tap handle from arthritis, basically can’t care for himself, and he still thinks he’s safe to be on the roads! I’d be devastated if he hurt someone, a family or a child/ baby just because HE thinks he’s safe to be on the road

Gaz B.Sc.
Gaz B.Sc.
1 month ago

What a bloody cheek, get the snorting,swilling boy racers off the road should be more of principled priority and the £300,000 fancy car peddlers.

Tony
Tony
1 month ago

It would save more lives if under 25s were banned from driving at night.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

Or if they tailgate continuously as many idiot’s do!!!!!
Then rev their hairdryers past you in stupid places (ie bends).

Have a word
Have a word
1 month ago

What’s the excuse for daylight hours

Gullible Islander
Gullible Islander
1 month ago

Bit early for April fools.

Nick Black
Nick Black
1 month ago

This has all of the hallmarks of a badly thought out knee-jerk policy that ‘someone’ obviously thinks is a good idea!
Yes, there are a fair number of elderly drivers, and 70 is not some magical point at which people become unable to drive, the age range is far greater.
It is down to an individuals abilities as to whether they are safe and legally competent behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. This applies to young as well as old, some youngsters do not have the cumulative experience of driving and can be over confident in their abilities, likewise some elderly are definitely ‘past-it’ when it comes to driving abilities.

Hard hat harry
Hard hat harry
1 month ago

I thought we had laws against age discrimination . Outrageous .

Why?
Why?
1 month ago

Why just those over 70 with medical conditions..? Why not all with medical issues…

David
David
1 month ago

This won’t be put into effect under a Tory government. A massive vote loser.

JHVF
JHVF
1 month ago

Not April the first yet is it ?

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
1 month ago

I this stupid rule would be classed as discrimination. So it won’t happen.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  Jack in the Box
1 month ago

At present with the current Government anything is possible

truth outs
truth outs
1 month ago

I’d be more than happy to take a test every two years, just so long as it applies to all drivers of any age. Displaying a ” passed permit” in the windscreen would go a long way to making the roads safer and removing the kiddies you see driving like muppets who no way could have legally passed a driving test.

Watch out kiddies, you may get more than you are bargaining for in the future…

Obviously !
Obviously !
Reply to  truth outs
1 month ago

Just because u drive slow, doesn’t make u safe! U can get fined for going too slow … if you drive 30, in a 40, that doesn’t make u a better driver then the person that over takes u at 40

Mop bucket
Mop bucket
1 month ago

Incredible amount of age discrimination here.

Paul Fareham
Paul Fareham
1 month ago

The biggest problem motorists are young women, their road position cutting bends and corners, is dreadful, also young men who are similar but faster, dreadful

Mrs T
Mrs T
1 month ago

Well, may be there is something in this proposal to think about. People are now out driving who haven’t driven for a long time, maybe even 12months and the standard of driving is appalling, plus all the roadworks.

fred
fred
1 month ago

Instead of doing it on age do it on ability. And you have your ability tested once every ten years.

Jim Male
Jim Male
1 month ago

I don’t agree with this, but if you’re going to ban them at all, I would have thought that rush hour would be the time to do it

Terry
Terry
1 month ago

The slippery slope, it will be compulsory euthanasia at 75 next.

Rebel
Rebel
1 month ago

That’s ok, any 70yr old just get your day in court. Discrimination full stop!! Then decide what you will spend the money on, maybe a new car!?

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