New report advocates incentivised self-regulation for older drivers
63% of people believe that motorists should be forced to stop driving when they reach a certain age, according to a new study which suggests the Government should improve the process of self-regulation among older drivers.
The report, ‘Driving in later life: options for reform’, found that one in four people believe drivers should have to stop driving at aged 75 years or younger.
While 55% of people are unaware that drivers have to renew their license at aged 70, 85% of those questioned believe that drivers should be retested at some point, with 40% saying that retesting should take place at 65 years or younger.
The report, carried out by the International Longevity Centre – UK, suggests that 66% of people support the idea of self-selected license restrictions. Additionally, more than two thirds of people favour the idea that older drivers who can demonstrate effective self-regulation should receive tax and insurance discounts.
The report also looked into the mindset of drivers. 30% consider themselves to be superior to most other drivers and only 1% of drivers believe they are worse than most.
The report concludes that the Government and other stakeholders should focus on improving the process of self-regulation among older drivers and that the DVLA should allow drivers to self-regulate. As in incentive, the report suggests that the Government should offer a 10% Vehicle Excise Duty discount for older drivers self-selecting license restrictions.
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