Families have an ‘active duty’ to report medically unfit elderly relatives to the DVLA

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The motoring lawyer said it was “misguided loyalty” for family members to allow medically ill family members to stay on the roads. It was doing neither their “loved ones or society any favours” by simply “turning a blind eye”.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “I think we need to encourage [families].

“It’s misguided loyalty for families to say to their loved ones, ‘I understand, I know you need to drive’. It’s misguided.

“Families need to act with integrity and they need to make the right decision.

“If they know one of their loved ones is not fit to drive they are doing neither them or their loved one or society any favours by turning a blind eye.

“They have an active duty to contact DVLA and note their concerns.

“And then it’s up to the DVLA what they do.”

However, he said it should not be down to the DVLA to introduce extra assessments on drivers or spot checks.

Instead, he has called on the Government to introduce “legislation” to police existing road rules.

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He has previously said any driver, irrespective of age, must contact DVLA of anything which may adversely impair their driving ability.

Speaking previously to Express.co.uk, he added drivers had a “duty” to report a condition to DVLA.

He said motorists should still report conditions even if they were suffering from mild illness such as blackouts or headaches.

He said: “You have a duty to report yourself if you’re concerned.

“For example, your reaction time isn’t that great or you’re suffering from blackouts or headaches.

“Dementia, diabetes, Parkinsons, there’s a whole host of illnesses.

“If you suffer from anything, even if you suffer with depression, you must notify DVLA.

“There are literally hundreds of illnesses where you have a legal obligation to tell them.

“They will assess you and decide whether you are capable to continue to drive or not.”

Campaigners have recently called for elderly drivers to face annual or bi-annual medical examinations to check their health.

However, there are fears this may be difficult to introduce or could face putting the NHS under strain.

Meanwhile, experts at Drive Mobility are undergoing discussions over a change to the rules which would see elderly road users suffering medical conditions allowed some freedoms to drive.

This would allow some ill motorists a chance to travel up to 20 or 30 miles from their homes.

However, a curfew would be interlaced and road users would also have a telematics black box installed to act as a tracking device.

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