The European Road Assessment Programme has released a report that proposes policy actions and research that can be undertaken to ensure that those over the age of 70 are able to transport themselves safely.
The Government acknowledged that we are living and working longer and need to plan for healthier, longer lives which will include driving into what used to be thought of as old age and agreed to participate in the work of the Task Force.
This report includes a focus on seven key recommendations that are both specific and actionable. A major role of the Task Force work has been to create shared understanding across many disciplines, that removing obstacles to safe driving is crucial to healthy ageing and managing our expanding lifespan successfully.
The recommendations include:
- RESEARCH ON CATASTROPHIC CLAIMS
- RAISE MANDATORY SELF DECLARATION AGE TO 75
- THE DVLA SHOULD REQUIRE EVIDENCE OF A RECENT EYESIGHT TEST
- DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVES TO SELF-DRIVE
- SAFER ROAD DESIGN
- SAFER VEHICLES
- DRIVER APPRAISAL SCHEMES