The driving licences of more than 1,000 over 75 year old motorists were either revoked or surrendered last year.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has released figures showing that 1,055 motorists gave up their driving licence due to reasons such as poor-health and death.
In the UK, the DVLA doesn’t impose a maximum age limit on drivers.
However, if a driver experiences changes to their general health or is inflicted by a disability, they must inform the DVLA if the change could affect their ability to drive safely.
Motorists are forced to renew their licence once they reach 70, and then every three years.
Advanced driver for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), Stan McMillan, 82, believes that age shouldn’t automatically determine someone’s ability to drive.
“One of the things you can never buy or teach is experience,” Mr McMillan explained.
“I passed my test in 1954 and I have never had an accident.
“If people are fit and well, why shouldn’t they be allowed to drive for as long as they want to?
“I take a test with Rospa every year and I think driving is one of those things you can never stop learning.”
The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership held courses for over 65’s to improve their driving skills during 2010.
“There are some drivers of a certain age out there who are not aware of the technology in newer cars,” explained John Siddle, spokesman for the Partnership.
“Perhaps, because some passed their test 50 years ago, they lack confidence on the roads.
“We found from the pilot project last year that people were coming to us for assistance.
“Drivers from all age groups should have regular eye tests.
“There should be no stigma to surrendering your licence.
“In some cases it may only be for a short period of time until you get back to full health. This avoids risking your life, the lives of your passengers or other road users.”
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