06:46 25 September 2013
The RAC foundation have reported that there are more than 4million people aged over 70 with full British driving licenses, some of whom are even over a century old.
The number of over 70s is expected to hit 10million as the post-war generation of baby boomers reaches retirement. It also confirmed that there are 191 aged 100 and older who are still free to drive on Britain’s roads. The report added that the oldest licence holder is a 107-year-old woman.
Motorists who reach 70 must declare every three years if they’re still fit to drive or not. However, they are not legally required to undergo medical or driving examination.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “All drivers should regularly consider their fitness to drive, but matters come to a head when we reach 70 and have to declare that we should be on the roads.
“In general, older drivers have an enviable safety record, but it is clear that faced with this critical yes-or-no decision, many motorists simply do not have a realistic view of their capabilities.
“For those reliant on a car, giving up driving will have a huge impact on their ability to live an active life, so it is important that they get all the help and support to make the right decision at the right time.”
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