Driving in later life: options for reform

My report for ILC-UK presenting findings of survey research on the options for reforming the regulation of older drivers.

This report presents the results of survey research into driving behaviour across the lifecourse, and options for both stronger regulations around driving in later life and ‘nudges’ to support self-regulation.

The survey’s key results include:

    • 30 per cent of drivers consider themselves to be superior to most other drivers. Only one per cent of drivers believe that they are worse than most other drivers. The same proportion (30 per cent) of drivers aged 55-64 are claim they are better than most other drivers, and drivers aged 65 or over are only slightly less likely to make this claim.
    • 55 per cent of people are unaware that older drivers are required to renew their licence at 70.
    • 63 per cent of people believe that individuals should be compelled to cease driving at some point as they get older. Almost one in four said that people should have to stop at 75, 70 or younger than 70 (although a similar proportion said drivers should never have to stop driving based on their age).
    • 85 per cent of people argue that older drivers should be re-tested at some point, with 40 per cent agreeing that re-testing should take place at 65, 60 or younger than 60.
    • There is a strong majority in favour of the idea of self-selected license restrictions – 66 per cent support the idea, with 31 per cent opposed – although support declines slightly across the age distribution.
    • More than two-thirds of people are in favour of the idea that older drivers who can demonstrate effective self-regulation should receive tax and insurance discounts, with around a quarter opposed. Support is strongest among people aged 34 or under, and 55 and over.

Click here to access the full report.

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