An urgent legal requirement for anyone over the age of 80 to re-take their driving test

An urgent legal requirement for anyone over the age of 80 to re-take their driving test

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Dan Edwards started this petition to Local Authorities

Once anybody passes their driving test, one is automatically considered qualified to "safely" drive until the day one dies. 

There are only rare occasions in which a Driving Test should be re-taken such as Voluntarily or after a Motoring Conviction. The trouble is, especially after a Conviction, the accident/incident has already occurred. Surely there's a way to help, not stop, but reduce these events?

It's understood that after a certain age, 'most' peoples minds start to deteriorate. I'm estimating this age to be around 80 years old. I feel that once one turns 80, they should be made to re-sit their Driving test to assure they're still safe on the roads. This is not only to protect others but also, crucially, themselves. 

I, and hopefully with others support, would like there to be an amendment to the UK Driving Law that after one turns 80, providing they already hold a UK Driving License, they must re-take their Driving test. Then, if passed, must re-take the test every 5 years following (e.g. 85, 90, 95, 100). This is to protect, not only other road users but the drivers themselves. 

Many times myself, my family and friends have been driving when an elderly person is causing a lot of problems on the road. It mainly ends up with another road user getting very angry and 'having a go' at the driver. Then the driver would seem upset and confused as to what has happened or retaliate. This is not fair on the driver or other road users.

There is currently a law that requires anyone over the age of 70 to "Apply for renewal" of their license, but this is not scrutinised.

Please sign this petition to help ensure the safety of road users.

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