Man driving a motorhome while on a road trip in the North east of England.

Calls for mandatory driving test at 65 as petition launched

Some new regulations may require drivers to retake their driving test at a later age. When they reach 65, older drivers are supposed to retake their driving exam, according to a plan. They do this to demonstrate that they are still a safe driving force.

On the website of the Parliament, requests for this change have begun to appear. “I would like the Government to require drivers to retake their driving at 65, if they want their driving licence to remain valid,” stated the person who initiated it.

“I travel a lot, and often see older drivers who I believe should not be driving.

“Some misuse turn signals, others appear to have sight issues.” They also said: “Reactions also worsen with age.”

Ten thousand signatures on this petition will force the government to respond. Should 100,000 signatures be obtained, Parliament may discuss the matter. Deniss Fomins filed the petition in February 2024, and it will remain active for a period of six months.

In actuality, though, you are spared from retaking the exam. You only have to notify the DVLA that you still wish to drive when you get close to 70. Driving doesn’t have to end because you get older.

About three months before your 70th birthday, the DVLA will send you a letter along with a form to complete. You can complete this online or fill it out and send it back.

Steve Gooding from the RAC Foundation doesn’t think we need to make drivers take their test again, but he does think they should check their eyes. He said: “One thing that would allow all drivers not just those at an arbitrary old age to help judge their fitness to drive would be compulsory eye tests when licences are renewed.”

The massive backlog of driving exams, which would make retesting older drivers challenging, has also been brought to the attention of AA President Edmund King. “It is very difficult for new drivers right now,” he stated. “There is a 500,000 [test] backlog in several places and there is a six-month delay.”

“If you then add in checks for older drivers, it really would set the calendar back by years.”

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