Nick Freeman suggested a test delay of at least once every two years for older motorists, but acknowledged that there might be some reluctance from reluctant retirees. The owner of the law firm Freeman and Co. in Manchester has warned elderly drivers that their independence “is not worth more than someone’s life”.
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Talk to Express.co.uk the legal expert has warned people approaching their 70th birthday not to be fooled when it comes to assessing their abilities in the driver’s seat.
He said: “Once you hit the age of 70, your reaction time and vision should be tested every two years at a minimum.
“I think there should be at least every two years a face-to-face physical exam where reaction times and vision are actually tested.
“I know it sounds tough and I appreciate that when we reach a certain age we want to retain our independence and freedom.
“But we have to put road safety first, we cannot say that your independence is worth more than someone’s life.”
Nicknamed “Mr. Loophole”, he has made a name for himself helping drivers avoid driving convictions and counts David Beckham and Jeremy Clarkson among his famous clients.
He said testing should be done more frequently on older drivers who suffer from pre-existing conditions.
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And when it comes to funding the expensive testing regime, Freeman suggested that those with enough money should at least contribute to the costs.
He added: “Who foots the bill is another problem.
“You might have to say when you reach a certain age, ‘I can afford to drive a car, I’m going to contribute £ 50 to £ 100 for a medical exam.'”
Under current driving rules, motorists must renew their license with the DVLA when they turn 70.
They should report if they have developed any conditions or diseases that could affect their ability to control a vehicle.
Those who do not meet the authority’s standards risk having their license renewals refused.
In March, it was reported that the Driving Mobility charity had had discussions with the DVLA to help older drivers keep their licenses.
The Sunday Times reported that compromises had been suggested in the talks, including lesser restrictions for those suffering from illnesses and ailments.
This could include being only allowed to drive during daylight hours and being limited to traveling within 20 or 30 miles of home.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-02 11:45:44