Drivers could face new health tests every 10 years to ensure that they are fit to be behind the wheel, according to a report in the Telegraph.
Motorists would be able to choose whether to take the tests, but risk a criminal record if they are later found to fall short of standards, the report says. The idea would be for drivers to declare themselves fit to drive every decade, with the option of submitting themselves to tests against new minimum physical and mental requirements.
Issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), they are likely to cover eyesight and reaction times.
The Telegraph said that the proposals are set to be unveiled in the New Year, although a DfT official described the report as ‘speculation’.
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