Over 70s handing in licences isn’t key to reducing road toll

JUDGE drivers on their ability and not their age, the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) stated today.

In a response to the view that drivers over the age of 70 should consider handing in their licenses, NRMA president Kyle Loades said Transport for NSW figures did not support the suggestion.

"In 2015, a year in which the toll increased dramatically, 33 people over the age of 70 were killed driving a motor vehicle on NSW roads - that's one more than in 2014," he said.

"Statistics showed a greater increase in passenger, motorcyclist and pedestrian fatalities in this age group during 2015.

"The NRMA is appalled by last year's road toll, but clearly it's misguided to blame older drivers."

Mr Loades said focusing on better roads, safer cars and better driving practices should be the focus.

"We are living longer and governments are telling us we need to work longer," he said.

"It is not feasible to take the privilege of personal mobility away from a growing proportion of the population."



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