Should older drivers take regular eye and general fitness tests? Are frequent calls for them undergo such vetting, retake their driving tests or taken off the road altogether reasonable or ageist? That’s the issue addressed by Tony Watts, editor of the website Later Life Agenda. Most older people have professional eye tests anyway, he notes In an opinion piece for Age Action Alliance. These could be incorporated in any fitness to drive certification. The regular health checks for older people is a tricky one, with a NHS already under pressure. But here’s a thought. At the moment, drivers start to pay increasingly high premiums as they get older – reflecting the additional chances of having an accident. Paying for a health check to demonstrate that they are fit to drive should theoretically help them negotiate lower premiums.”

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