Driving: Licensing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st December 2016.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the DVLA's system for assessing older drivers.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

While no formal assessment has been made, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) keeps all its processes and systems under review. The current driver licensing arrangements take into account the risks that an individual poses to road safety and are designed to be fair and proportionate to all drivers who remain fit and competent to drive, regardless of age.

The current arrangements generally work well and balance road safety considerations with personal mobility. All drivers aged 70 and over must renew their licence and make a declaration about their medical fitness to drive at least every three years. This renewal process prompts drivers to confirm whether or not they have any relevant medical conditions and that they can continue to meet the required eyesight standards. Depending on the information provided by the customer, the DVLA may need to contact the driver’s doctor or consultant for further information before a decision can be made.

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