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Eight out of ten over-70s vow to keep on motoring

Eight out of ten over-70s vow to keep on motoring

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A vast majority of the UK’s older drivers have said they won’t hand in their licences as long as they can keep on driving safely.

A vast majority of the UK’s older drivers have said they won’t hand in their licences as long as they can keep on driving safely, according to one of the UK’s leading road safety groups. Research carried out by IAM Roadsmart showed 80 per cent of 70+ drivers planned to keep on going, expecting to carry on driving for an average of 12 more years.


The average age that drivers believed they would stop was 82, with those aged under 70 expecting to drive until 79.4 or 85.3 for those over 70. The research was carried out by Dr Carol Hawley on behalf of the road safety charity, who said: “We recommend the Government should conduct a comprehensive review of the driver licensing and testing system in relation to the ever-growing number of drivers over the age of 70 and beyond.


“We need to ensure that those who are healthy, fit, and capable remain safely on the roads. Currently in the UK, the only safety requirement for mature drivers is to renew their driving licence at the age of 70 by confirming to the DVLA that they have no medical issues.”


In total, 79 per cent of respondents said they were excellent drivers and would not give up for years. According to official figures, there are 12.1 million drivers over the age of 60 in the UK, 6.7m male and 5.4m female, while over 70s make up 13 per cent of the overall number. The oldest licence holders are two 107-year-old men, while the oldest woman is 106.