Minister backs plans for older drivers’ strategy
The Road Safety Foundation says that the road safety minister, Robert Goodwill, has pledged Government support for development of a National Older Driver Strategy for the UK.
The Road Safety Foundation has unveiled plans for a task force to be set up to “review national and international evidence and recommend practical support for older drivers and their families”. The National Strategy could include a focus on self-help, driver assistance technologies, better in-vehicle protection and road design for older drivers.
The remit and membership of the task force, to be led by the Road Safety Foundation, will be agreed in the coming weeks and the intention is that the National Older Driver Strategy will be published during 2016.
Robert Goodwill said: "Ensuring older drivers are safeguarded is a priority, which is why I am delighted to be supporting this task force."
Lord Whitty, of the Road Safety Foundation, added: "It makes economic, social and health sense for drivers to remain on the road for as long as it is safe to do so.
“The job now is to review all the evidence and recommend ways in which that can happen. The Road Safety Foundation will play its part in facilitating this important piece of work."