New road rules for elderly drivers proposed – curfew and distance limits

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The agency has worked alongside Drive Mobility to come up with new proposals which could see older drivers handed curfew and distance limits. The scheme would be introduced for drivers with severe medical conditions such as dementia, epilepsy, or Parkinson’s disease.

This would ensure those who are suffering an illness keep within a “familiar environment” to increase road safety, but many have attacked the plans.

Express.co.uk takes a look at how the new proposal could affect elderly motorists.

Curfews

If the proposals are taken into action, it is likely vulnerable elderly drivers will be given night-time curfews.

This will restrict them from using their vehicle for any reason beyond a certain time.

Although no time frames have been suggested, this would likely be from around 9 pm to 7 am.

Safety experts have suggested introducing curfews for younger drivers as part of a Graduated Licensing Scheme.

This would have seen new drivers under the age of 25 banned from driving under a probationary period of several months.

However, the proposals were scrapped after concerns it could prevent many youngsters from taking up work.

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Distance limits

Discussions between the DVLA and Drive Mobility have suggested the new plans would restrict some elderly drivers to travelling just 20 or 30 miles from their homes.

This would likely stop many elderly people from visiting friends and family but could boost road safety.

Edward Trewhella, Chief Executive of Drive Mobility said many elderly drivers “stick within their locality” while driving.

Driving in a local area is more familiar and comfortable meaning drivers will not be confused by mapping out directions or negotiating complex roads.

Mr Trewhella said: “A lot of older drivers stick within their own locality.

“They go to the shop, the doctor’s surgery, go and see a granddaughter down the road, probably on minor roads with which they are familiar.”

Black box system

If the new proposals are acted upon it is expected elderly drivers will be fitted with telematics devices.

These black-box tools analyse drivers’ acceleration, braking and cornering.

They are often used by insurance firms to offer cheaper policies to younger drivers.

However, it is understood the tools will be used to pick up on any worrying driver behaviours.

This would then be used by authorities to determine whether to take action against the motorist.

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