*look at notes* yup, as expected, drive older drivers off the road with excess bureacracy
Bureaucracy in this case is good in light of the Prince Phillip incident - older drivers do pose a genuine risk.
(Original post by Andrew97)
This isn’t about just driving older drivers off the road. It is helping to improve safety by getting those who are not fit to drive off the road.
Testing and their standards has changed drastically since a 70 year old (for example) last took their test, it’s only fair we restest people as they age (and thus loose vital skills such as reaction time) in order to keep the public safe.
And I would wager that over 99% of people would fail their test if they were made to retake it even mere months after passing, the simple fact of the matter is that you learn to drive in a certain way and then never drive like that again. Does anybody seriously feed the wheel when driving, or even hold a consistent 10-2 hand placement? Do they look in the mirrors anywhere near as often or deliberately as expected in a driving test? Do they as clearly stop when expected to in a test, for instance when coming to a crossing stop when somebody is getting near in case they are crossing even if there is no way in hell the pedestrian will get there first?
Driving tests are half decent at determining whether somebody is safe to drive on their own, it is not suitable for assessing whether somebody that has been safely driving for decades still is and certainly isn't suitable for assessing the main hazards that exist when it comes to older or otherwise potentially compromised people driving such as reaction times or even general awareness.
I'd like to hear how many members of the house that hold full licences and drive regularly do drive as they would be expected to in a test: I can say that I do not feed *ever*; often don't 10-2; tbh probably don't check mirrors as often as I perhaps should; use judgement to determine whether to stop at crossings, certainly don't always deal with them as expected in test; and while talking of judgement the same goes for roundabouts, I go when it is safe to do so based on the indications and body language of other drivers, I don't wait for as much of an indication as expected in a test. I will openly say that the way I drive would result in a failure on a driving test, or at least plenty of minors, simply because nobody in the real world drives like they're on a test.
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In the notes it mentions "licenses remain valid for 10 years upto the age of 60" does this mean once you passed your test you'll have to retake your driving test every 10 years up until aged 60?
Why should the theory tests be retaken every 6 years repeatedly? I could understand taking it again once after you've passed a certain age threshold, but repeatedly seems excessive. For a 60 year old the theory may have changed since they took their test at 18 but when they are 66 do they really need to take it again?
I can understand the intentions of the bill but as to my intentions on how to vote for it, I remain undecided.