More than 80% of UK motorists would support annual checks for older drivers following Prince Phillip’s crash

Since Prince Philip’s car accident last month, the law around driving and older people has been a huge talking point, so we decided to ask our users and garages if there should be a change in the current driving laws for OAPs.

We found that more than four fifths (83%) of British drivers believe there should be annual safety checks for older drivers, with more than a third (34.5%) stating that this should come in at 70 years old.

On top of this, we also found that more than a third (34.5%) of respondents thought that this law should come in after drivers turned 70, while nearly 20% supporting the law coming in for drivers when they reached 60 or 65 years old.

More than four in ten (40.5%) respondents believe there should be an ‘upper limit’ on age, at which point drivers would be forced to surrender their licence.

Following the survey, we’re now asking members of the public to submit their opinions on the subject, after the news that Prince Phillip has surrendered his driving licence this week.

The question we’re asking is, should the government reconsider the laws surrounding older drivers? And if so, when should there be a change?

You can get in touch with your thoughts here: [email protected]

This survey came after Prince Phillip caused a traffic collision injuring three people in January at the age of 97 and was then spotted driving without a seatbelt just a few days later.

Al Preston, co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said,

“Driving for older citizens has been a talking point for years for UK motorists, however since Prince Phillip’s crash it’s been highly debated within the media and on social media, which is why we decided to ask our users what they thought. It was surprising to see how many people believed in an age cap for older drivers, especially the number of people who supported it for the over 50s!”

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