Drivers over 70 are being urged to sue car hire companies who bar them because of their age. Former Work and Pensions minister Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott said they should take County Court action on grounds of discrimination, according to the Daily Mirror. She noted: “It is unlawful age discrimination for a car hire company to refuse, on age grounds, to lease a vehicle to an otherwise qualified person”. She said firms would need to show “objective justification” for such a lawsuit to fail. The issue can become a serious problem if older customers turn up at an airport rental counter, for example, and are turned away, disrupting their travel plans.

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