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HEALTH CHECKS FOR OLD FOLK TO KEEP DRIVERS LICENSE NOW TO BE SCRAPPED

MANDATORY HEALTH CHECKS FOR AGED DRIVERS SCRAPPED
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Drivers aged 75 and 78 will no longer be forced to undergo medical

checks to renew their licence, under changes to come into effect this month.

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Transport Minister Troy Buswell said research suggested

older drivers  were not over-represented in crash statistics.

Mr Buswell said the laws regarding elderly drivers, part of the

Road Traffic(Authorisation to Drive) Regulations 2008,

had been in place since 1975.

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“We don’t want to retain outdated regulations that are

potentially based on misconceptions or stereotypes,” he said.

“Mandatory reporting of medical conditions or driving impairments

for all licence holders was introduced in 2008 and this has proven

the best method to identify drivers of all ages that are

potentially high-risk.”

Licence holders aged between 80 and 84 still need to undertake

a medical test and those aged 85 years and older still need to pass

an annual seniors’ on-road practical driving assessment.

In 2011, there were 13,817 drivers aged 75 years, and 12,655 drivers aged 78 years.

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April 16th, 2012
Topic: GOVERNMENT, VEHICLES TRANSPORT Tags: , , ,

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