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Older drivers enraged by the proposed maximum driving age limit

A driver must renew their licence every three years once they turn 70 years old, in accordance with the current legislation.

It was revealed earlier this year by The Express that there were at least 134,000 drivers in the UK over the age of 90. And with this figure consistently rising over the years, drivers have begun to worry about road safety, leading to calls for the introduction of a maximum driving age.

The Older Drivers Task Force estimates that one million drivers will be over the age of 85 by 2025, and they believe it is essential that the law be changed in preparation for this shift in older drivers. However, there is yet to be an official statement from the Government on this issue. 

Despite this, some Express readers are already showing their anger at this idea.

“Some countries respect their elderly and revere them. Britain is not one of them!”, is the opinion of one Express reader, thedukejohn. 

Martin65, also an reader, said: “Targeting the elderly simply because of their age, not their ability is illegal under the present law!

“It’s covered under the discrimination laws, it is illegal to discriminate against an individual or group on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity, or AGE, so let’s see how far that proposal flies!”

Others argued that a ban should be imposed on younger drivers.

Smokey32 commented: “On the contrary. There instead should be a minimum age limit of let us say 21 or even 25 as there are too many boy or girl racers who think they are budding Lewis Hamiltons.”

Today, there are an estimated 5.7 million people over the age of 70 who drive in the UK, which is double the amount a decade ago. 


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