25% of drivers want roads ban on over-75s
Motoring surveys don't usually cover contentious issues,
but this latest one conducted for an insurance company
is likely to ruffle a few mature feathers.
According to www.motorinsurance.co.uk,
more than two
in five drivers think elderly motorists are menace and
a quarter of UK drivers want those over 75 off the roads Altogether.
The company asked drivers about plans currently being discussed
at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to
introduce compulsory written and eye tests for motorists over 75.
While two-thirds of those surveyed would back the DVLA plans,
41% think they do not go far enough. They called for elderly
drivers to be made to retake their practical test as soon as they hit 70.
And with congestion still a major problem on Britain's roads,
23% of those surveyed want all motorists over 75 to be forced
to give up their cars altogether and use public transport.
As many as 52% think drivers over the age of 70 hide serious
medical ailments in order to retain their driving licences.
Also, 75% believe the Queen, who is 80 in April, should take
the same written and sight tests as the rest of the nation.
Commenting on the survey results, Andrew Dunkerley, marketing
director of www.motorinsurance.co.uk,
said: "Our poll shows
that a significant proportion of the British public harbour
great concerns about the abilities of elderly drivers and are
strongly in favour of the DVLA's plan to introduce compulsory
written and eye tests for motorists over 75.
"In fact, elderly people have no higher rates of accidents
than other drivers, and statistically are safer than a lot of younger,
less-experienced motorists, which is why their
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