Brake calls for stricter checks on older drivers
Brake is calling for controls on older drivers following the death of an 18-month-old boy earlier this week when a car driven by an 89-year-old man apparently mounted the pavement.
Jayden Bloomer died in hospital after suffering multiple injuries in the collision in Accrington, Lancashire, on Tuesday. His mother, Jackie, 30, remains in a critical condition and the driver also died later in hospital.
Cathy Keeler, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “Current law requires drivers over the age of 70 to renew their licence and fill in a self assessment form every three years declaring they are safe to drive .
"Brake believes this isn’t good enough and there should be an annual ‘fit to drive’ health check carried out by a professional. These checks should also be required every five years for drivers under the age of 70, as health can deteriorate at any age.
"More frequent checks are needed for older drivers as there are known health risks associated with ageing that directly affect driving ability, including loss of eyesight and hearing. Older drivers may also have health conditions or take medication that can impair driving.
"Drivers who have a high risk of heart attack or fainting fits must not be allowed behind the wheel.”
Brake is also calling for a Government consultation to consider a maximum driving age and regular re-test as well as the above measures.
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