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Compulsory Driving Retests

Currently, the UK legal age for driving a car is 17. In theory, a 17 year old could obtain a license, take an intensive course, pass a test and be on the road within a month. 1.6 million people take attest every year with a 43% pass rate. That’s a lot of people on the road.

The other end of the scale sees very elderly people driving cars, often into their 90’s quite competently and on first glance, look like they’re good drivers. These elderly drivers have been on the road for several decades, and have racked up untold miles, however, roads and traffic has changed immeasurably.

It seems hard to believe that the UK license came into effect way be in 1903, yet no test was required. It took just over 30 years of motoring for a compulsory driving test to come into effect, and many drivers who passed their test back then, over 80 years ago, have never been retested. Naturally, most drivers on the road today think they’re good drivers and I daresay none would even consider needing to be retested, yet I also feel that if surveyed, none would admit to being able to pass a test should they be retested.

In the last 50 years alone, motor vehicles have gone through extensive advancements to nowadays even the most basic cars having the latest safety technology. Vehicles of yesteryear just do not have the same safety elements and are simply just a metal box on wheels.

I firmly believe that once someone passed a driving test, this is where the learning really begins. Within the first year of driving, a motorist could easily clock up 15000 miles, and although experience comes from practice, refreshers will help to keep lazy habits at bay.

If a driver is retested every 5 years, not only would this help to reduce road accidents but could also help to reduce insurance premiums, and retests could be scored in the same way that a No Claims Bonus (NCB) is scored now. Lower premiums mean cheaper driving, retests means safer driving.

This is particularly apparent for the elderly as a recent TV documentary explained, a 90 something year old driver was tested by an examiner and filmed during this, and was actually passed when the viewer was able to witness a catalogue of errors. The motorist had already pulled away without fastening a seatbelt but put it on whilst driving, then took both hands off the wheel to adjust the rear view mirror, all done whilst still driving. Amazingly this gentleman was given a pass.

As years pass and fewer older cars are taken off the road, roads are only becoming more congested, and road accidents are only going to increase, frequent retests should be a must.


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