Demand for elderly drivers to retake test at 65 sparks outrage | UK | News

February 19, 2024
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Angry older motorists are upset over calls to make drivers take their driving test again at 65, branding it “discrimination”.

A petition in Parliament wants people over 65 to be checked again because some worry they might not be safe on the roads.

The petition will keep going until next week, and if it gets 10,000 signatures, the government has to answer, reports Birmingham Live.

The petition states: “I would like the Government to require drivers to retake their driving at 65, if they want their driving licence to remain valid.

“I travel a lot, and often see older drivers who I believe should not be driving. Some misuse turn signals, others appear to have sight issues. Reactions also worsen with age.”

Although it has only attracted a few hundred signatures, the proposal has angered older motorists.

One person on social media was annoyed and said: “If the petition had stated over 75’s, I might have agreed, but seriously, over 65s?

“I’m guessing the guy who created this petition is a young man who thinks 65 is really old and that we don’t know how to use the a mobile phone, a computer or the internet either.”

Another person said: “Dream on lad. Maybe I should create a petition to ban anyone under 20 owning a powerful car.”

Someone else added: “I’m wondering what the motive is behind this new proposal. Statistically the elder driver is less accident prone, is less likely to speed and is generally more courteous and law abiding than young newly qualified drivers.”



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