Street security organisation, GEM Motoring Help is looking for brand new methods of assessing whether or not a driver is medically match to carry a licence.
The decision helps the latest report issued by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), which criticises present approaches to assessing driver medical health.
GEM is urging particular person drivers to make sure they take duty for their very own security and health to drive. Relations also needs to be smart to the early indicators of unsafe driving of their senior family, says GEM.
The start line for establishing health to drive within the UK – and in lots of different European international locations – continues to be an evaluation based mostly on age, regardless of research displaying that particular medical circumstances, substance abuse, psychological problems, epilepsy and diabetes are additionally necessary elements relating to medical health to drive, in accordance with GEM.
Neil Worth, GEM chief executive, stated: “This report confirms that obligatory age-based screening of older drivers is ineffective in stopping extreme collisions.
“It’s regarding that the one requirement in legislation for anybody aged over 70 is to declare each three years that they’re match to drive.”
GEM says that an age-based self-certification system needs to be changed by common medical examinations for drivers of all ages, with checks on eyesight, listening to, imaginative and prescient, and blood stress.
Price added: “Nevertheless, within the absence of an efficient re-testing framework, it’s important that we every take duty for our personal security.
“We would like as many individuals as attainable to benefit from the freedom of the open street as drivers, however security should be the precedence.”
GEM additionally warned fleet managers of the ‘increased likelihood’ of distracted driving when drivers get behind the wheel once more amid the lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.