Should we introduce a maximum driving age in the UK?

Questions are being raised regarding the safety of elderly drivers and other road users after Prince Philip, 96, found himself involved in a collision on the Sandringham estate this week. 

Currently in the UK, the minimum age for driving is 17, with no maximum guidelines on how long you can drive for. Both the Queen, 92, and Prince Philip, are frequently seen driving their signature Range Rovers.

While people are reluctant to remove rights from elderly citizens, many are concerned that the growing number of accidents, caused by OAP’s, are starting to become unignorable.

For example, in October 2018, 80-year-old John Norton and 87-year-old Olive Howard were killed after Norton took the wrong turn on the M40 in Buckinghamshire, and travelled up the wrong side of the carriageway for eight minutes.

The tragic accident also saw 32-year-old soldier Stuart Richards killed when his Ford Mondeo crashed head-on into the pair.

Another pensioner recently failed a breath test in Lanarkshire, also in October 2018, after crashing his Audi A6 and colliding with a parked car. Francis Broughton admitted to courts that he had been drinking the night before and was eventually banned from driving for 17 months.

As of November 2018, over 5.3 million British drivers are still on the roads, with 110,790 being over the age of 90 and 11,245 incidents recorded for over-70’s in recent years.

It has been reported that 2.8 million drivers are between the age of 17-21, and they are four times more likely to be involved in crashes.

However, people across social media have started to  debate whether there should be tighter regulations in place for OAP drivers.

Currently, there are no reported plans in place from the British government or councils to reassess driving ages after Prince Phillip’s incident.

How would you feel about your Grandparents being told they can no longer drive?  

Maximum driving age

Infographic by Michaella Wheatley for EN4News

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