Motorists support re-testing at 70

UK motorists should be forced to re-take their driving test when they reach the age of 70, the majority of Britons say.

A survey conducted by UK car supermarket Motorpoint shows two in three drivers would be happy to take their test again on reaching 70 – even if they are at risk of failure.

This is perhaps due to a realisation that, while there is no evidence to suggest there is an age at which drivers become unsafe, older drivers take longer to react than their younger counterparts.

Specifically, those over the age of 55 take 22 per cent longer to react than those under the age of 30 – adding two car lengths to the stopping distance from 70mph.

"The results of this poll show that people are honest enough to recognise their driving ability does deteriorate with age and that maybe the government should consider mandatory re-testing at a certain age in the future," commented David Shelton, managing director of Motorpoint.

According to the DVLA, there were over three million drivers over the age of 70 in the UK as of April this year.


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