The number of motorists over the age of 70 having licences revoked for medical reasons has soared, according to new statistics.
Almost 22,500 elderly drivers had their licences taken away last year – which is 142 per cent higher than the number rescinded on medical grounds in 2010.
That’s according to figures obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency following a Freedom of Information request by the Times.
It comes after Prince Philip’s crash near the Queen’s private home at Sandringham in Norfolk earlier in the year.
The number of driving licences revoked from motorists over the age of 70 rose 152% between 2010 and last year. Licences taken away from drivers of all ages on medical grounds were up 117% over the same period
‘For many older people, driving is crucial to maintaining independence so it’s important that they should not be prevented from getting behind the wheel by their age alone,’ Abrahams told the Times.
Drivers legally need to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency if they’ve suffered from strokes, epilepsy or visual impairment before being deemed fit to take control of a car on British roads.
However, there are some conditions in particular that many people don’t know they need to tell the DVLA about before hitting the road – including deja vu and eating disorders.
You can see the full list of medical conditions you need to notify the DVLA about having if it has an impact on your capacity to drive a vehicle,
The Department for Transport said the issue of older drivers would be addressed in a ‘refreshed road safety statement’ that was due to be published later this year.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS THE DVLA LISTS THAT COULD AFFECT YOUR DRIVING
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)
Balloon angioplasty (leg)
Brachial plexus injury
Brain abscess, cyst or encephalitis
Brain injury (traumatic)
Branch retinal vein occlusion
Broken limbs and driving
Burr hole surgery
Carotid artery stenosis
Chronic aortic dissection
Congenital heart disease
Coronary artery bypass or disease
Diplopia (double vision)
Grand mal seizures
Heart valve disease or replacement valve
High blood pressure
Hypoxic brain damage
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
Ischaemic heart disease
Left bundle branch block
Lewy body dementia
Low blood sugar
Malignant brain tumours
Manic depressive psychosis
Memory problems (severe)
Motor neurone disease
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Peripheral arterial disease
Petit mal seizures
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Sight in one eye only
Sleepiness (excessive daytime)
Spinal problems and injuries and driving
Temporal lobe epilepsy
Tonic clonic fits
Transient global amnesia
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
Valve disease or replacement valve
Vision in one eye only
Visual acuity (reduced)
Visual field defects