Your Say for over 60s: Losing your license 59

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News reports in Victoria over the weekend say that over 80 Victorian older drivers are being forced to surrender their drivers licenses each week.  The Herald Sun said that 4106 drivers aged 71 and over have had their licenses suspended or cancelled after failing Vic Roads Medical Reviews.  This is more than one in six people over 71…

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In Victoria this is apparently because there have been six major accidents involving older driver in the last six weeks.

It begs the question on which you should have your say today… “How old is too old to drive a car?”

One side…

When you are in control of a motor vehicle, you are in control of up to a tonne of metal, moving at a high speed.  There must be a point at which society says “That is too old”…


The other side…

On the other hand, removing someone’s license removes significant amounts of independence.  No longer can you get to the store easily or pop over to a friends house as simply.


Tell us your thoughts?



Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. This is a difficult one and in the light of several accidents involving older drivers the question is being asked again. Medical reviews of elderly drivers should happen. The question is; when? As we age our competency in many tasks diminishes. We should all realize that sure as God made little green apples the day will come when we are no longer able to safely drive.
    But this is only a small part of the big picture.
    The number of accidents involving elderly drivers is minimal when compared to those involving younger drivers. We all take driving a car for granted and despite the dangers do it every day without hesitation. Road trauma statistics prove that all drivers chances of being in an accident are high.
    Driver education, starting in schools is the key to lowering the road toll. Competent instructors who teach the skills involved in driving and the right attitude to driving.

  2. So why don’t they take away younger people’s licenses for good when they have an accident of a similar nature? It should mainly be on medical grounds.

  3. I don’t mind handing in my Licence if it comes to safety. However, I live in a rural area and there is NO public transport. Being 20 kilometres from the nearest shopping centre will see me having to pay a taxi fare each way to get food.. Never mind about any other appointments they won’t happen.

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