Driving: Older People

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 20 February 2019.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that older drivers are fit to drive.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

All drivers must renew their driving entitlement when they reach the age of 70 and at most every three years after that. This provides a timely reminder to individuals to consider their health in the context of driving. To renew their entitlement, drivers must make a legal declaration that they can meet the required standards and confirm whether they have any listed medical condition. Drivers who advise the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of a relevant medical condition will be investigated and a driving licence will only be issued if they can meet the appropriate health standards.

The Department announced in June 2018 that it has identified older people as one of four priority road user groups which will be included in the forthcoming Road Safety statement and action plan.

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