‘Not the right thing’: Elderly driving restrictions slammed – cars are ‘a lifeline’

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Sean Kemple, managing director of Close Brothers Motor Finance said restrictions for older drivers were “not the right thing” as motorists would be “bracketed” by age. He said there was “a place” for some restrictions for those who are medically unfit to drive but this should be done regardless of age.

Mr Kemple said any form of restrictions should instead be based on a driver’s actual ability behind the wheel.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “I think there’s a place for restrictions for any person of any age with a disability that affects their ability to drive.

“Clearly that’s something we need to be conscious of.

“But I don’t think putting restrictions in for people of certain ages is the right thing.

“Because you’re bracketing people because of their age rather than their ability and that’s not right from my perspective.”

He added: “I don’t agree with more restrictions for elderly drivers, I think it’s about ability, it’s about confidence, it’s about your ability to drive.

“You look at elderly drivers, if I think about mobility, if I think about my parents for example,they are over 70, perfectly able to drive but they need the car.

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“Unless they sell up and move into a city centre apartment they need a car for the amenities.

“That probably is another lens on it as well, it becomes a lifeline for people to use.

“They have their own transport to move around.”

His comments come after Drive Mobility proposed a range of driving restrictions for some elderly drivers back in March.

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