CKinnard wrote:Older drivers spend a hell of a lot less time in their cars, and drive correspondingly less km's.
Further, they are not generally on the road at night, or early in the morning.
That is further reason for compulsory retesting. They recognize their age based physiological impairment has reduced their ability and limit driving to times when it is less challenging. It doesn't make them more able to react appropriately, safely and with adequate speed when the unexpected happens.
I don't drive when I'm intoxicated at all because apart from it being illegal I recognize that I'm impaired.
The same argument to my mind.
There is a minmum standard of competence for safe operation of a motor vehicle. If that is not met, for whatever reason, then the driver should not be in control of what amounts into a lethal weapon.
I agree with the family of the deceased. The independence of those unfit to drive due to physiological impairment is placed higher than the safety of other road users.
It is an unacceptable situation as it stands with respect to the licensing requirements for all and particularly elderly drivers.