Should a medical test be needed to drive in old age?

More than 800 people aged 65-plus, including pedestrians, died in road accidents in 2018, compared to 503 adults aged 18-24, official French government figures show.

There is a constant debate about the abilities of older drivers, notably after several serious accidents.

In October 2018, a 92-year-old lost control of his car and injured seven people. A petition demanding a test for older people received more than 100,000 signatures.

However, statistics from the state’s Sécurité Routière show that older people are less responsible for accidents than younger people.

In 2017, the standard profile of a driver causing fatal accidents was a man in 83% of cases and aged 20 to 30 in over a third of cases (31%).

In some countries, licences have to be renewed with a medical test. In Italy, drivers have to take a test every 10 years, and more regularly after the age of 50.

The UK asks its drivers to renew their licence every three years from the age of 70.

Should France follow a similar scheme? 

 

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Bertrand Déroulède, consultant and founder of a ...

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