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Would you be happy with a driving curfew over the age of 70?

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is reported to have held discussions with Driving Mobility, the network of driving assessment centres, about new rules for motorists over 70 years of age.

Under the proposals, drivers over 70 who are in poor health may be allowed to continue driving if they agree to abide by curfews and restrictions on how far they can travel.

The new ‘graduated driving licences’ could see drivers over 70, suffering with health problems, restricted to an area of just 20 or 30 miles from their home alongside a proposed ban on driving after dark.

Edward Trewhella, chief executive of Driving Mobility, said that many elderly drivers tend to stick to their local areas anyway when driving, so 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.’

At present, a driving licence expires when a motorist reaches the age of 70 and those who wish to stay on the road are required to contact the DVLA.

They must also make the organisation aware of any health conditions they have which could affect their safety behind the wheel – and a review is carried out every three years.

Would you be happy with a curfew if it meant you could keep your licence? Do you believe this would be a fair way of allowing over 70s in poor health to keep driving or do you think the current system should stay as it is?

Would you be happy with a driving curfew over the age of 70?

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VivienK
5 days ago
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Over 70 - elderly? We are counted as fit to be working full time til at least 66 right now, 70 is practically middle aged!
viking
10th Apr 2021
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The slaughter that occured 1939-1945 in order to obtain back "freedom" from AH , so where to now ?? Having lost family members in the fight for freedom , seems as though it was pointless.
Supersabre
10th Apr 2021
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But where does it stop? A few weeks ago, it was said that only one person in a group would have to sign in at a pub or restaurant. Now it's everyone.
Once they get away with that, it will not stop there.
NDW57
8th Apr 2021
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Before I retired I spent at least a third of my working day behind the wheel of a car on all sorts of roads - motorways, A roads, B roads and things that just masqueraded as roads. And I saw some pretty awful driving and some damn good driving. Perpetrators of both sorts were young or old, male or female. In other words you cannot generalise. In my humble opinion, if you aren't fit to drive, physically or mentally, then you're not fit at any time - period. Age, and age-related conditions may be a factor but they are not the only ones. And its all well and good saying that such restrictions are a limit on our freedoms but as road users we ALL have a responsibility to other road users. Killing someone as a consequence of speeding, being drunk or using a mobile 'phone somewhat limits the victim's freedom does it not? Finally I'm not quite sure how a curfew or mileage restriction would be enforced. Electronic gadgetry? Would it be reliable? Mmm, dubious.
Lionel
5th Apr 2021
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Who can agree with adding yet more regulations and laws to an already overburdened people? We're drowning it laws; we cannot breathe without breaking a law or code of practice. Every aspect of our lives is governed. What happened to our historic freedom?

If we listen to politicians rhetoric we're a free people. No we're not!

Our parents rolled over and allowed Barbara Castle to put speeding laws in place; no one complained when the Blair-child began to take away our freedom to raise our kids. The State raises and indoctrinates our kids - they no longer grow in our own image.

Now there's a move to regulate when we must cease driving.

Come on ... do you really want the State, in all it's magnificent ignorance, to tell us when and how to die? It's very close even as I write.
Phian
5th Apr 2021
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I get rather annoyed at the way some elements of the younger generation blame those of pensionable age for the ills of the world and wonder how they will feel when/if they get to that stage of life.
ecarg
6th Apr 2021
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this works both ways
HarryS7
5th Apr 2021
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I would like to see the statistics behind this consideration.
Ariadne
9th Apr 2021
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There won't be any Just .guys in suits deciding what to do next to stop us ,Golden Oldies having any choices about anything ,working under the assumption that we no longer have the brains or the capacity to drive . , I would like to show them that we are good drivers ,that know the meaning of safe driving, Driving instructors need some tuition about parking inches away from the car in front ,at traffic lights ,and junctions. I often get the urge to go and tell the driver to """BACK OFF "" Think it's called Bumper Rage .!!!!
Driving is my last pleasure in life ,anywhere and everywhere , in a
Beemer sports car ,and I love every minute of it .As an after note ,I have never had an accident ,even though I spent my working life ,driving on motor ways, When lorry drivers in particular were very safe drivers, Age is a number ,and I would quite cheerfully lie about my age ,if it meant I could carry on driving .
Maybe the over 70's should be euthenised , OOPS !
Bond
4th Apr 2021
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Absolute must.
Many are not truthful to themselves regarding their health and ability to drive safely and competently.
Should they wish to drive they should have a medical and a driving assessment test at their own expense.
Also if they have a mobility car, then have a nominated driver as allowed who is under 70.
There are also so many community based cars for the elderly in many towns they can use. Here they have a dial a ride scheme.
Lionel
5th Apr 2021
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Ariadne
9th Apr 2021
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We aren't all tarred with the same brush SWEETIE !!
If you are such an old man, who is unfit to drive ,get the bus .
And ,what the heck is a community based car ????
Confidence and ability, that's all it takes .
Ell1e
4th Apr 2021
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It would be a curfew. Out of interest, how many accidents at night are caused by over-70s as opposed to under-25s? I think if there is poor health or poor eyesight then it's fair. But it won't stay that way, will it?
Zoom1
3rd Apr 2021
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70 is the new 50,,,,We live in rural Shropshire bus service 5 days non Saturday and Sunday no Taxi service...Like to Shop visit friends and family.....We will be dead in the water....We do not night drive !
Lionel
3rd Apr 2021
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We live in very rural North Suffolk. Not a bus through here in 67 years; taxi drivers ask, 'where?'
Froglady3
3rd Apr 2021
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It all depends what is meant by poor health - my physical health is affected by arthritis and so I can't walk very far but my driving skills are not. I am 68 and would dread having to give up my car because of some 'catch all' decisions. Just because someone has reached the magic age of 70 does not mean they should automatically be subjected to restrictions. My mother was still driving at age 85 and I was very happy for her to drive me in my car. We drove to France every year with no problems.
ruffrecords
2nd Apr 2021
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Amazing how many people get the wrong end of the stick. The proposal is only for over 70s with certain medical conditions. Nobody is proposing blanket driving curfew for the over 70s. Mind you, judging by the inability of the majority of posters to parse basic English, maybe there should be blanket ban.
Lionel
3rd Apr 2021
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You make a very good point here, for which I thank you. It is a case of over seventies with certain medical conditions only.

But, and perhaps I'm not alone here, the State has an impressive record of mission creep. What starts as a widely accepted idea but quickly grows to be a draconian measure for which few were prepared and many are damaged. This looks to me like a classic instance.

Further, Whitehall also has an outstanding record of not addressing a immediate problem but rather finding a much less significant issue to address and then claiming, through MPs they have acted on the urgency.

The urgency here is younger drivers attitude and behaviour on the road. As a man with IAM, Police and Class 1 training I find younger drivers, male and female, to be utterly selfish and ferociously competitive, neither of which makes for road safety. Setting a curfew for certain over seventies, which could well become a national curfew for over fifties, doesn't address the matter of our younger drivers.

What do you think?
Supersabre
5th Apr 2021
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Well said Lionel. Who would have thought a year ago, you would not be able to sing or hug? Couldn't happen here? Well, it has. And once they have these powers, you can be sure they will find plenty of other reasons to use them.
Lionel
5th Apr 2021
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Thank you for replying Supersabre. I'm no fan of politicians nor the Civil Service.

It's worth remembering, the government is constitutionally responsible for defence of the realm, foreign policy, national finance, administration of Justice and that's about all. Everything else they have accrued to themselves has been taken from local representatives and British enterprise by deceit.

Strictly speaking, according to precedent and our various written inviolable statutes, most of the laws under which we now labour, and the taxes we are compelled to pay, are illegal.

Surely if the British people had wanted to be governed by an over-arching Soviet we would have elected Corbyn.

No, I'm not a communist or other type of heretic, just a patriotic Brit who's looked into how we should be governed.
Ariadne
9th Apr 2021
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If your driving is on a par with your Spelling ,,, you should be the first to go
viv0147
2nd Apr 2021
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My age is 73 I drive quite well so I don't see any reason why that should be the case, but I am more than happy to put a curfew on people under 21
Jan51W
2nd Apr 2021
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Ariadne
9th Apr 2021
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Love YOU .girl after my own heart ,Here;'s a smile for you ,I parked up in a village car park , a group of pretend grown ups; looked at the car ,as I climbed out ,one of them said .""Well, I didn't expect that , I thought you would be a 20 year old ,,not a Gangster Granny ""
What a laugh, Seems that I still have it , AH ,, sports cars do it every time , Yup ..I am well over the delete age
Scriptitation
14th Apr 2021
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Agree with you! I think that, given modern traffic conditions, 17 is a ridiculously young age at which to permit people to be in control of a car. When this law first came in, there was comparatively little traffic on our roads, attitudes and behaviour were far more restrained and respectful and fewer people were in a position to afford a car at all. They certainly didn't have the sense of entitlement which is nowadays so rife. So if we need age-adjusted licensing, it should be upwards at both ends to suit modern people!
Scriptitation
14th Apr 2021
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"Gangster Granny" - that's a new one on me. I do also have to say, though, that I abhor the ageist, contemptuous and patronising language which has become increasingly acceptable when young adults are speaking to or of those old enough to be their grandparents. Not all of us are grannies, either! It is these attitudes which underlie attempts at restricting the freedoms of older people. If not strongly resisted while "the wedge" is still at the thin end, somebody will indeed find a way to kick it at the thick end!
Ariadne
15th Apr 2021
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Hello I have to say that I have not been patronised or treated with contempt by any age group. The comment about Gangster granny was made by this young boy , ,because he said ,that he thought only gangsters drove my "Breed of car " and he was well impressed . There was 5/6 in the group ,and we all enjoyed
further conversation ,about all manner of subjects,
I am not a "granny " , never had the inclination . Your comment about resistance, wedges ,thick and thin, was a tad incomprehensible,, sorry ,
jjandgeeky
2nd Apr 2021
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The over 70’s are being asked to carry on working beyond retirement so if we are quite able to do that, then I would think we are quite able to drive ourselves to and from work at any time of day or night and however many miles away. Obviously those with medical problems would continue to be monitored..
Jan51W
2nd Apr 2021
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ecarg
2nd Apr 2021
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My car,,my health,tested by others -results accepted by me.
Good result + independence Bad result + change of lifestyle.
KarenS928
1st Apr 2021
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Ariadne
9th Apr 2021
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WHAT !!!!! Every day ????
LizG178
1st Apr 2021
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Gavin
1st Apr 2021
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In this World of "Isms" this certainly takes the biscuit. Ageism!
I'd except some sort of competency test when renewing the licence every 3 years but a blanket ban just isn't on. This government relies heavily on us oldies so it would be very brave of them to push this through
Ariadne
9th Apr 2021
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Please ,drop the word oldies ,and pensioners .
I am a " Qualified Wrinkly , "All I need ,is an iron that steams wrinkles out. but I do scrub up well !!!
sammylee
1st Apr 2021
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I think what would make far more sense would be a curfew on those under 25yrs.
petcat
1st Apr 2021
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If you have a medical condition that could affect your night driving then yes that person should be banned but otherwise how insulting to everybody else over 70 being treated as old and decrepit.
[email protected]
1st Apr 2021
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Not a good suggestion! Fine if you have medical issues where you shouldn't be driving, but that applies to all age groups. Before Covid restrictions we were also using our car to take our grandson to school. We live in a village, public transport is not that good.
MaureenB6
1st Apr 2021
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What a shocking suggestion. Most older drivers actually drive less miles, but many, me kincluded need their cars because of mobility problems. We are careful drivers, and have to renew our licence every 3 years anyway.
Not2grey
1st Apr 2021
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This is an infrigement of my human rights . Most older drivers are very responsible and tend to self police themselves. If there are health reasons for not driving then that should be enforced . The problem is that many younger drivers are impatient and if your are sticking to the speed limits they are on your rear bumper intimidating you . The other day I was 20 feet away from the traffic light when it went to amber and I came to a slow controlled stop at the line , a car ulled out from behind me and drove through the red light . At the nest traffic lights ( town centre ) I was approaching the traffic ghts when a white van on the insidle lane put its RH indicator on I slowed to give him space to filter in before the lights .He thanked me , the car driver behind ( young male) honked his horn and made obscene gestures at me . Idiots come in all ages .
TrishS47
1st Apr 2021
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This really is fine if you live in a city with masses of public transport but would really have dire consequences for people living in rural areas where public transport is very limited and sometimes almost non existent. Some villages have only a few buses a day that perhaps allow you a couple of hours to do shopping, no buses in the evening at all so going to theatre ,cinema , dining out becomes impossible due to high costs of taxis. Also no bus service on Sundays and often less frequent on Saturdays. So it should be up to Doctors to give opinions about patients ability to drive. Rural isolation is a real problem and can cause severe mental issues if people are prevented from driving.
490dm
1st Apr 2021
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We are noted as being in the safest group for none accidents so why should we be 'punished'. I love riding my motor bike and don't race around like the youngsters.
jacacc1210
1st Apr 2021
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This is age discrimination by the nanny state & this will take a lot of freedom & enjoyment away from people who have worked hard all there lives to be able to enjoy there retirement travelling, If a driver has health issues at any age then that should be down to a doctor & consultant to weather they think a person is in a fit state to drive legally & safely on our roads.
olivep
2nd Apr 2021
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I agree totally with your comments Jacacc1210 - lets stop bashing the older person.
ChrisP53
1st Apr 2021
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not a major problem for most but there are some truly abominable elderly drivers out there and many frighten the hell out of me with the 'dithering'
Ariadne
9th Apr 2021
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Ha Ha ,,me too, the best thing to do in that situation , is to leg it ,out of their way .
MaggieJ9
1st Apr 2021
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Ridiculous idea, bringing in further Draconian measures of "control" which would eventually work its way down to younger members of society too!
Unless there is a limiting medical condition or other dangerous - to - drive illness or element, we should make sure this doesn't happen!
Billythequiche
1st Apr 2021
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Cheeky sods!! Sorry. It's not our age group that are causing accidents, look at the stats. I could not argue against a retest or even a physical, but a curfew? No way.
If such a draconian measure came in, would we get half price insurance or half price Road Tax? I think not.
I have to admit that I no longer drive to the West Country from Yorkshire in one stint, but that is because I recognise that tiredness can kill. That does not make be a worse driver, it makes me a better one.
Tdm
1st Apr 2021
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Wessex Wanderer
1st Apr 2021
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Driving safely relates to ability, not age. There is a mathematical formula which predicts the likelihood of a driver causing an accident. Quite simply where speed = S and risk (road and traffic conditions) = R and (driver) ability =A then the probability of an accident is determined by S*R/A.

The mitigating factor is ability, not age. The two are not necessarily proportionally linked as ably demonstrated on a daily basis on any motorway of your choosing.
Nanna_Gez
1st Apr 2021
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I believe bringing in such measures would be taking peoples independence away from them. I think these decisions should remain with GPs and Consultants when dealing with illnesses that effect us later in life. Being 70 is just a number and at that age most of us will have been driving a lot of years and it is a time when we will be hoping to enjoy a happy retirement and have more time to relax and enjoy travelling more. They are making us work harder and longer into our older age so how do they expect us to get there!!!
Mog1952
1st Apr 2021
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No. Where would the line be drawn? What are the accident statistics that support this? I will be 70 next year and regularly drive to see family who live further away.
Mazo52
31st Mar 2021
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Do we really not drive very far? Not sure where their facts came from because we drive to France, Spain and all over Britain because we are retired and free to have more holidays.
If you have health problems some people cope more than others, I have arthritis and when I asked the specialist is I needed an operation he said some will cope with this level of pain and other will not. Heart problems go from controlled to unknown within their little box till they die.
Perhaps we should go out on the streets to demonstrate about unfairness to the older generation, at least we would be more likely to wear masks, distance from each other and do it loudly but without violent behaviour.
Rosiemay17
31st Mar 2021
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Definitely not that’s age discrimination. I agree that if you have a medical condition you should notify them .Some people will be working until they are 70.What about the people on strong medications for pain depression and most of these are young.I think it’s doctors who should notify them .
poempoet
31st Mar 2021
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Personally I think EVERYONE should re-take a driving test every 10 years so they can prove they still know what they are doing, like indicating on roundabouts, or indicating at all for that matter. How easy are accidents caused by people who can't be bothered to indicate and really don't know the basic Highway Code.
Lionel
31st Mar 2021
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In principal I agree. However, taking a test doesn't mean test standard good driving practises will be employed in day to day driving. Just look at the so many younger drivers who have passed a more stringent test (supposedly) than we oldies did.
JE
31st Mar 2021
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Playing devils advocate here, but how do we know how well we drive as we get older? I have experience with an close, friend who I had known for over 45 years. After several incidents, I had to suggest that her driving standards were dropping to the point that in my opinion, she should consider giving up her car for her safety as well as others. However, she would not accept this and was adamant that her driving was fine and I was accused of trying to restrict her freedom and take away her life line.
Perhaps there is an argument for occasional testing of people over 70 but I personally don’t see the point in curtailing the distance travelled or the times of travelling. Surely, you are either up to standard or you’re not!
RuthF
31st Mar 2021
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Although not over 70 yet, it’s looming. I prefer driving at night, especially on roads that are busy during the day as there’s not so much traffic about
pjh36mc
31st Mar 2021
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Drivers over 70 should have an eye test every 3 years. Over 80 they should have a reaction test and stop driving over 90
MoiraC8
31st Mar 2021
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ALL drivers should have an eye test every 2 years, something that optometrists and ophthalmologists have been pushing for for years.
GrahameC7
1st Apr 2021
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Everyone should have their driving appraised by a Driving Instructor and their health by their Gp at 70 as some people clearly shouldn't be behind the wheel !
nanabet48
1st Apr 2021
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I have had an eye test every 2 years for many years and I always make sure I attend. Everyone is supposed to have a 2 yearly test, no just the over 70's.
Ariadne
9th Apr 2021
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I have an eye test every year ,I insist on it .The last visit was an EYE opener ,my vision was better ,both eyes now have the same measurements, The optometrist was duly impressed ,and said he had only ever seen this on a very few occasions.
MavisB3
31st Mar 2021
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I would like to see the evidence of instances of incidents in over 70s.

My concern is that making a rule to ban the sick would be extended to include all over 70s.

I drive every day and travel thousands of miles in a year.

My freedom would be curtailed should a ban eventually be imposed on over 70s.

I would like to know the figures for incidents in cars in other age groups
viking
31st Mar 2021
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Get some quotes from the cobweb and see the amount of "loading " is put on to quotes for 18-20 year olds. Then look at the quotes for over 65's . Insurance companies base much of this on their experience with claims involving young drivers. Not saying that over 65's are angels but experience counts.
ColinW14
31st Mar 2021
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Why should we be restricted.
JudithH23
31st Mar 2021
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I am 76 years of age. I no longer drive in the dark because of the glare from oncoming traffic. I do not need a curfew as I already know what I am capable of. In fact on a dull day modern car headlights shine so brightly, it is like they are driving with full headlights on.
My daughter and family live 30 miles away so I would never see them if there was a curfew on distance.. I have 50+ driving experience years.
Stop picking on us.
DVLA rules need to be updated. I do believe that one is allowed to drive if you have good sight in only one eye!!
How about many of the younger drivers that drive too fast. Use their mobile phones. Drive over the limit. On drugs. Do not follow the highway code. I reckon they are more dangerous.
Brussells
31st Mar 2021
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I wonder if the young whipper snapper's coming up with this idea have thought the problem through, they are heading to their 70+ years which will certainly effect them, so as a senior citizen it is my duty to correct these youngsters in the error of their ways, and make it very clear to them that you don't just lump everyone into the same incompetent driver group just because they are 70+,
I for one can still fly a helicopter and drive a car with care both of which could cause considerable problems if involved in a accident, it also means I am fit and healthy and can still give a younger person a run for their money over 26 miles
AlisonC83
30th Mar 2021
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And how will 'poor health' be defined?
Ariadne
15th Apr 2021
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If you are Vertical , does it for me .
HannahL6
30th Mar 2021
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I think it is wrong to pick on us just because we are older ,try looking at the younger generation and there driving
WATERSPRITE
30th Mar 2021
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Insurance companies don't get their sums wrong, it's not over 70's that pay the very high premiums. 100,000 18 -25 year olds will have more accident claims than 100,000 0ver 70s.
MollyUK
30th Mar 2021
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Nobody is suggesting a curfew for teenagers with roaring hormones and underdeveloped judgement! Placing restrictions on people just because of their age isn't very sensible. Yes, we've all seen doddery old fools making a liability of themselves behind the wheel, but is that just because they're old, or is it just because they're fools? IMHO, hard & fast one-size-fits-all rules aren't really appropriate.
Annesylvia
30th Mar 2021
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I am over 70 and have been driving since I was 17. However, I live in a small village with useless bus service so without a car I would be stranded.
I have recently lost my husband after 59 years being together. I did the driving over the last many years as he had Parkinson's disease.
However, I do not make a habit of going out in the dark as I don't like night driving. However, I have booked a local show in November for a night time performance and will use my car.
Also my son and family live over 200 miles away and I will be visiting them this year staying at a local caravan park and will of course be driving so I can go here and there seeing them and also going to local places.
So if I am not allowed to driving out of my local area, it would cost me a small fortune to get there and also not have a car as I would need to drive to my son's house anyway from the location I will be staying.
Common sense. I am retired and do not intend to travel long distances or go out in the dark, but when I want to, I will do so and nobody should be stopping me.
chairmanbewsa
30th Mar 2021
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Age discrimination at play, accidents happen in all ages, fact of life, there will always be good and bad drivers, young drivers take chances and think their invincible, elderly are more careful, so don’t just blame those over 70. I regularly dive hundreds of miles a month, most on motor ways, never had an accident, and yes I am over 70, my car is my legs, so, a all I can say is stick this discriminating idea up where the sun don’t shine.
joannebees
30th Mar 2021
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I believe over 70's should have regular medical health checks in order to drive the same as of any age. The over seventies with a good health check should be able to drive as far as they like and to say they are on curfew/restrictions is an insult.
shaspurplecat
30th Mar 2021
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I think there should be an assessment of driving ability every 5 years over 70. This doesn’t need to be a driving test, an hour’s assessment with a qualified instructor- along with a certificate from an optician to say that sight is adequate for driving. This should be fairly cheap and simple to administer. I certainly wouldn’t mind doing this. I think the problem with deciding yourself whether you’re fit to drive is that people are so reliant on being able to drive they will stick their heads in the sand and carry on regardless
nanabet48
1st Apr 2021
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Agreed but I think the assessment could be done every 3 years as this is how often you have to renew your licence when you are over 70. This way, everyone will know that those over 70 who are driving have been deemed fit to do so. Also, as I have mentioned before, eye tests should done every 2 years anyway so this would also be covered.
[email protected]
1st Apr 2021
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Should have pressed the thumbs up here and not thumbs down, sorry. Maybe it's my age 🙂
witch1
30th Mar 2021
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If people over 70 have health problems that make them unsafe to drive a Dr should tell them and then they should declare it, a lot of over 70 are better drivers than younger people who feel they have to rush about for work because they have left late or not left enough time to get to appointments
MylesB
30th Mar 2021
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The bland, dismissive rather petulant generalisation, "that many elderly drivers tend to stick to their local areas anyway when driving", quoted by Mr Edward Trewhella, chief executive of Driving Mobility, in your article surprised me. This type of comment can usually be expected from people who are generally under the age of 30 who haven't yet understood that, with luck, they may one day become over seventy, and maybe in need of visiting an even older relative who is in a home over 30 miles away, so I was surprised to find that he was born in 1956. Perhaps he is a non driver, or can afford a chauffeur?
TerryP2
30th Mar 2021
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They should have a medical at 70 and every two years after that. If in poor health then no driving at all.
Wilf
30th Mar 2021
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I agree-Its only for the drivers and others safety
IsabelS8
30th Mar 2021
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I am 70 years of age and I have only been driving 25years. My husband doesn't drive and has health problems hence the reason I learnt to drive late in life. I have family in England and the North of Scotland whom I haven't seen since 2019 because of Covid restrictions from 2020. I am looking forward to being able to visit sometime this year so no I am not in favour . Restrictions are already in place through doctors and Opticians who report to the DVLA when necessary no further Big Brother rules are required.
KarenG8
30th Mar 2021
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As the retirement age goes up to 66 /67 , that only leaves 3/4 years of driving left for some people ? , and that in my eyes makes it ludicrous . When you have worked hard all your life & hope to have a long & healthy retirement ... what the point ? . I do understand some people with illnesses or conditions it does become necessary to have re tests for driving , but for goodness sake give people a break 70 is not old !! , it's just getting used to retirement
jaymasters
30th Mar 2021
10
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I have a clean licence and so does my husband, this is another attempt to control people, it's a disgrace to tar everybody with the same brush, let them test us and then decide if we are fit to drive
LindaP456
30th Mar 2021
6
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A disgraceful suggestion which infringes our human rights. Sort out the boy racers first, they are the ones that cause accidents.
There is always the assumption that there is public transport available but that is not the case outside the large cities
johnboy68
30th Mar 2021
7
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i have a clean license for over 55 years use to drive lorries etc and they should not have the right to take away this from us over the last year we go out once a week to do shopping etc we have not seen family who live over 160 miles away for over a year we use to vist 4 times a year all they seem to want all the old folk who built this country years ago to be penned in lets us enjoy the time we have left also enjoying a little life
JohnH585
30th Mar 2021
4
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The vote is asking a general question about people over 70 years, hence my response bein No (not happy to restrict over 70's). The article is about over 70's with certain health problens. Does this mean that people may have been stopped from driving with these health problems, but now suggested some limited driving instead? As most accidents happen close to home, why allow a local range for driving?!
ENBEE
30th Mar 2021
2
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I'm 73, I don't have any DVLA informed aflictions that they are mentioning although, I do have a couple of problems that are notifiable. However, I'm not too kean on driving at night due to possible onset of cateracts in the future, [oncoming headlights can be dazelling].
Apart from that my reflexes seen pretty good. I used to be in the motor trade and enjoy driving, but also really need to be driving further than the distance they are suggesting.
pbgvdogs
30th Mar 2021
6
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You only need to watch some of police programmes on tv to see who is the worst drivers at night, anyone they stop for speeding, drunk or drug driving are certainly well under 70yrs old,
ENBEE
30th Mar 2021
5
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Quite agree, I wonder if they are thinking of restricting all those dangerous and reckless young folk who have just finished watching formular one and decide to go for a quick drive.
flash1701
30th Mar 2021
4
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I am approaching 70, and I do wear specs, but do have my eyes checked regularly. I am sure my children would be the first to let me know if they felt I should restrict my driving. I live in Cheshire, with family in Oxford, also Edinburgh, so being able to drive is essential for me. Public transport in this country is awful., and ridiculously expensive.
Pauline52
30th Mar 2021
2
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Personally, I think there should be periodic health checks on every driver irrespective of age and annual eyesight tests should be a legal requirement.

Most older people already have those checks. I’m not yet 70, but with a relatively minor health 'scare' two years ago, the first thing my doctor did was to ban me from driving until tests were completed - which created some difficulty with work commitments for a couple of weeks!

My younger sister, on the other hand, knew she was incapable of driving when the early signs of Alzheimer’s set in at about 60 years old, yet she was still forced into looking for work in order to be able to claim the lowest level of basic financial support. She actually started one job - lasting only a few days before the employers realised their mistake! (My sister died last year a few days after her 64th birthday).

Given that retirement age is now 67 and likely to rise before too long, I think someone, somewhere needs to coordinate these bright ideas!
AudreyR25
30th Mar 2021
2
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Well over 70 and do not drive after dark, thinking of giving up my licence
CatherineO7
30th Mar 2021
2
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No, my husband is over 70 and doesn't often drive at night, I do as I am under 70, what happens if there is an emergency and he has to take me to hospital, as has happened, as you cannot get an ambulance. Also what about going on holiday if you are restricted to 30 miles from where you live. Not been thought out at all.
Bald123
30th Mar 2021
7
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I am in my 70s and my eyesight is only good with glasses on. If I did not have my glasses I would not drive. The most dangerous drivers are young men in their teens and twenties. I think their cars should be dumbed down so they cannot speed etc. One day I predict this will happen.
Wilf
30th Mar 2021
5
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I am in my 60s but still feel perfectly good driving. If I did feel I was not capable I would stop. I do think the over 80s need to be regularly checked and especially people in their 90s.
TomC5
30th Mar 2021
6
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Anyone with an ounce of common sense would automatically NOT drive at night if they felt unsafe or could not do the distance .
AmandaM21
30th Mar 2021
5
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I have a mobility car and I do not drive at night, I live remotely, with no mobile signal so it would be silly to drive after dark.
MaureenL6
30th Mar 2021
4
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It’s a NO from me
Many people in their 70s are fitter and healthier than those much younger.
Maybe a health and vision check at 80 plus.
Those wearing glasses or contact lenses are seeing their optician regularly, I thought if an optician felt your vision wasn’t good enough for driving they contacted DVLA as I’m sure GPS do if you are on medication that would affect driving.
We’ve had a year of lockdown and not seeing family, further restrictions like a curfew for over 70s must surely be a breach of their rights!
MonicaH
30th Mar 2021
3
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I think we need to look at this carefully. If it was a blanket curfew for all those over 70 regardless of their ability then it would be a definite no and a real infringement of our human rights. However, if I am reading this information correctly it is meant for those over 70 who would lose their licence due to their level of ill health but under this legislation they would be able to keep their licence under certain conditions. This could be good for those in an isolated place with no family or friends to help. I also think that it should also apply to those under 70 with certain health conditions.
AmandaM21
30th Mar 2021
3
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A lot of my local farmers are well over 70, so a full ban would be a problem to them looking after there stock.
HappyHippie
30th Mar 2021
5
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most of the problems on the roads are from young speed freaks, my husband is 79 and never had an accident, I think it a disgrace to put a curfew on the over 70s, so does that mean they only have to pay half the road tax if they can only use the road during the day and are going to be limited on how much of it they can use!!!!!
AmandaM21
30th Mar 2021
2
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Were I live there is no public transport of any description and they only way is owning your own car. It is isolated in a normal day so it would mean not being able to go to a theatre or any late night activity, (pending new Covid 19 rules)
DavidH22
30th Mar 2021
5
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It’s strange that the pension age has been increased to 68 yet 2 years later a curfew may be applied to driving. A slippery slope if ever I saw one.
Simply a doctor should confirm EVERYONE’s capability to drive no matter their age every 5 years. If you have had a medical problem which necessitates that you stop driving for a period of time than you need to be cleared to recommence driving. If over 2 years then a shortened driving test.
Access to your own transportation is essential for all country dwellers, more clarity is required on the proposal, it should be for every one not just silversurfers. If a younger person has an at fault accident which results in a conviction should they not have similar restrictions put in place for say a year. Possibly this would make the road safer for all given that statistics show they’re more likely to be involved in an accident.
Izzy1950
30th Mar 2021
2
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What is it with society that they label people, from the age of 70 as old? This to me is totally outrageous: I am 70 and my husband is 72 and, yes, we have some health issues which are controlled with medication but we don't feel any different to what we felt in our 60s.
This age restriction for driving licenses is antiquated as almost 20% of the UK population is classed as being in old age (over 65) compared with 10% in the 1950s.
Unfortunately, Government wants to control society: it should be up to individuals and their Doctors to decide eligibility for driving. I really felt quite sad when I had to renew my driving licence last year and , I'm sure, I'm not the only one!
We are the generation who revolutionised society throughout the decades, from the 1950s, so don't stop now!
We don't need anymore laws to dictate how we live the next 20 or so years of our lives! Having to renew driving licences every three years is bad enough: no more please!
davidgf
30th Mar 2021
2
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I know this will be a highly debatable point, however, imposing a curfew for the over 70's is not different from imposing a curfew on the 18 to 30 age group. We have all seen the accidents and nighttime rally racers in car parks, nice straight pieces of road. OK if someone has a medical problem of driving at night there could be some restrictions but this in fact is already in place. If a Doctor advises of some restrictions then the DVLA are already aware. So from my point of view No there must not be a common restriction only on medical grounds as the current practice permits.
blackbeard
30th Mar 2021
3
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No curfew....For me, this would mean if I spend an evening with my daughter (I am now a widower) 12 miles away I either have to sleep at her home overnight or run the gauntlet of the law to get home.

BUT having spent the final 26 years of my working life teaching folks how to drive buses and lorries and seeing how driving standards do deteriorate my solution would be for 70s and over to be subject to a 12 monthly driving assessment

This would be to be sure there is a safe standard being maintained with positive advice being given either by a DSA Driving Examiner or by registered Driving Schools that teach Instructors

If the assessment showed up major misgivings in the drive then the candidate would be expected to give up their licence or undergo a licence retention test

I have maintained for a goodly number of years that all holders of a driving licence (whatever the vehicle) should be subject to a five yearly assessment on the same basis as mentioned for the 70 plus year olds

The only difference would be that if on a 5 yearly assessment the drive showed major problems the candidate would be required to sit a retest of the licence category of which they were assessed on
AndreaD68
30th Mar 2021
3
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Depends on what would be classed as poor health. I am severely physically disabled following a stroke - but am in excellent general health.
SteveW93
30th Mar 2021
3
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Guilty with no crime committed ? I don't think so. I understand the thinking behind it but shouldn't driving with an impairment be across the board? Also how effectively could this be policed? A red herring to take peoples' attention from far more serious issues I feel.
Theslu
30th Mar 2021
2
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Age should not be the issue. How safe you drive is. Bring bbc back the 70 plus driving test again.
Suzanne Henville
30th Mar 2021
5
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I am 77 I am a member of IAM. Had a check twelve months ago with an observer. I passed check without problem. Used to drive over 50,000 miles a year on business.
My family and friends are spread all over u. K.
Devon is a large county and restriction on miles would prohibit me seeing most of family and friends.
Sue141954
30th Mar 2021
6
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I definitely would not be happy about agreeing to a curfew and how far I could travel at age 70 or over! If I felt unsafe about driving or no longer capable then o wouldn't do so. There are a lot of younger drivers who are unsafe on the road, impatient, drive too fast, gp through red lights weave in and out of slow moving traffic just to get 1 or 2 cars further on!. So, I definitely do not agree.to the suggestion anyone 70 or over should have a curfew to continue to drive.
lacey
30th Mar 2021
3
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If they have heath problems, then yes. But if they are in good health.and still working. Perhaps a extra test to see how safe they are. Like eyes, hearing and strength in their legs.
Marley444
30th Mar 2021
6
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I think that if someone has health conditions that make them unsafe to be on the road, the age issue becomes irrelevant. It is alway difficult to tell someone they are not fit to drive anymore - I had to do it with my mum when she had dementia - it felt like I was taking away her freedom, although I knew it was the right thing to do.

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