How do you feel about ‘S’ plates for senior drivers?

A group of young people have converged in Melbourne for the annual Victorian Youth Parliament to debate matters of importance

A group of young people have converged in Melbourne for the annual Victorian Youth Parliament to debate matters of importance to them and to propose new legislation for the state.

One such proposal is making it mandatory for seniors to display an ‘S’ plate on their car when they are driving.

It’s not the first time such a proposition has been made. In November 2015, national insurer QBE made a similar suggestion whereby seniors would obtain scores from a black box-style device installed in their car that would then be passed on to licensing authorities, replacing prescribed medical tests and driving exams.

Back then peak body for Australian seniors, National Seniors Australia, hit back at suggestions car accidents and driver fatalities involving older people only occurred because of the person’s age.

“We would say this is fundamentally an ageist approach that identifies older people unfairly and inappropriately,” the WA-based NSA chairman, David Carvosso said.

Under the scheme proposed by a group of students from Overnewton Anglican College, drivers aged 75 and older who fail medically assessed driving tests would have to display an ‘S’ plate and hold a modified Senior licence.

According to Victoria’s road transport authority, VicRoads, drivers aged 75 years and older are at highest risk of being involved in a fatal car crash, to which the Overnewton team says is as a result of “biological impairments” that affect the elderly as they age and includes diminished muscle tone, impaired hearing and vision, and a decrease in reaction time.

Those opposed to the proposal claimed a requirement to display an S plate is discriminatory and would expose the older population to humiliation.

In the last 30 years more than 24 laws passed in Victoria have had their origin in Youth Parliament, including the compulsory wearing of bicycle helmets and over-the-counter availability of the morning after pill.

What are your thoughts on introducing ‘S’ plates for senior drivers? Would you feel comfortable having to display such a plate on your car?

  1. Rob  

    I wouldnt do it.

    • roy batkin  

      What’next??? We already have a compulsory annual medical test.

  2. stormboy  

    no way would i do it more to the fact what is going to be done about educating young drivers

    • Chris Morgan  

      How about drivers under 25 displaying YT plates – large enough to see and illuminated, flashing – stands for Young Twat…

  3. Toni Archer  

    Personally I believe that the “S” plate should be displayed on the young peoples cars due to the fact that most “P” platers are both selfish and stupid when it comes to road courtesy. The statistic of accidents on the roads firmly point to younger drivers as well as being booked by the police for speeding. Put the blame back where it belongs.

    • Malcolm Bell  

      One more thing to beat those of us over a certain age with. Because of our experience and awareness gained over many years we are not the menace on the roads some make us out to be.

  4. Jane  

    Don’t we have descrimination laws in this country?

  5. Pinkie  

    Over 75’s yes. It has been shown they have a high accident rate. Recently, there’s never a day passes when an elderly driver drives through someone’s house; by mistaking the brake for the accelerator.
    I personally sold my parents car, when I considered them a danger to others.

    • Heather A  

      Automatic cars are dangerous for the elderly. Those type of accidents can’t happen in a manual car. If a person can’t drive a manual, they shouldn’t be driving. (I’m over 70 and drive a manual.)

    • Chris Bayliss  

      Fair enough in the case of medically assessed impairment, but there is an equally valid argument for extending the P Plate licence period to the age of 25 as that part of the brain affecting judgment is not fully developed until that age.

      • Andrea Robin Hunt  

        Also with P plates – why is the 1st 12 months green, then the rest of the times is red? Surely the 1st 12 months is the most dangerous time to be a P plater so that should be a red P, then if they have done 12 months with no demerit points they can be allowed to go to green. But only proceed once any demerits are worked off by time, & still have to do the green for 2 years, again provided no demerits

  6. LOL whats next to attack seniors guys in leather jackets and dark glasses knocking on our doors in the middle of the night. Seniors are what made Australia. In Asian 8vountries seniors are venerated here we have the crsp kicked out of us. I for one would never didplay an S plate

  7. Kay B  

    I would love to see a list of exactly what laws this ‘Youth Parliament’ is responsible for. Now I’m seeing where some of this ‘Nanny state’ nonsense is coming from. Given they are not elected representatives, how are they able to have so much influence? How about a Seniors Parliament to re-inject some common sense and a return to personal responsiblity?
    I do not entirely disagree with the ‘biological impairments’ as many of our responses do slow down. However equally at the other end of the spectrum, many a younger person’s responses are in overdrive. Therfore if we have to have an S for senior over 75, then pehaps they should be required to wear P plates until they are 25?

    • Well said. I agree and no voting until 25. They vote like sheep in fear of peer presure. Perhaps something sensible like that idea will come from this so called Youth Parliament. ..Oh wait they are all under 25.LOL

  8. John Thompson  

    The last thing I need is some kids telling me what I can and can’t do . It’s bad enough having them in parliament spouting off. When the same applies to the drugged up youths that are on the road I might change my mind.

  9. Ken  

    Not on. But I reckon Hoons caught should gave a KARGE pink H to display for a year

  10. Heather A  

    Everyone should learn to drive in a manual car, not auto. If you can’t drive a manual you shouldn’t be driving. More manual cars would reduce the number of accidents – some fatalities – which happen when the driver puts their foot on the wrong pedal. I’m over 60 and I drive a manual car.

    • facebook_elda.quinton  

      I agree. I learned on a manual and I think that all drivers tests should be on a manual.

  11. Pretty ordinary I think. Seniors need to be able to identify young risk takers. Today we had a young person indicate to move into our lane who just moved over and trusted a) that we noticed and b) that we would brake to let them in. Which is the more dangerous?

  12. facebook_samorrison2  

    Why would we need to do this what is the reasoning behind it.

    • Leo  

      I will know when I am too old to drive.. I would never endanger myself or any one else. If I don’t pass an eye test and loose the use of my legs, arms and reflexes I would certainly not drive. However, in my many years of driving I am certainly a lot more worried about some of the younger drivers out and about. Everyone has to share the road but some people think they own it… It is really up to the Doctor’s to decide who is capable of driving and who is not. I guarantee that those caught drink driving and driving while on drugs is the younger generation. I would be more worried about them…

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