Proposals for 10 year Medical tests for Motorists

At last! (well, at least it is going in the right direction). I saw this in the Telegraph this morning:-

“Drivers will have to declare every 10 years whether they are medically able to get behind the wheel, according to proposals to be set out early in the new year.

For the first time, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will issue a series of minimum physical and mental requirements motorists must fulfil including eyesight performance and reaction times.

Tests, costing up to £80, will be offered to drivers to check whether they are fit to drive.

Anyone who chooses not to take the tests but declares themselves able to take to the roads will be committing a criminal offence if they fail to meet the established standards.

The move is designed to weed out tens of thousands of motorists – many of them elderly – who use their cars while suffering from conditions which could make them a danger to themselves or others.

“We are trying to improve road safety and help drivers fulfil their obligations. What we have now doesn’t work,” said a Whitehall source”

You kind of wonder, with years of statistics behind them, and people complaining, what took the Government so long? Let’s hope the proposals will become law one day. The days of frail 102 year old motorists, driving and having accidents, like my aunt, may come to an end one day. But doctors, will also have to get tougher. Many are letting these people off because they want their patient to be ‘independent’ as it keeps them happy. I can understand that, but surely the death of a person, should override their demand for independence’.


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