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.
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.”