Older drivers 'need support in transition', says ABI

Older drivers should continue driving for as long as they are able to do so - but as soon as they become unfit to take to the roads, they should be given support in making the transition from using their car to getting around by public transport, an insurance expert has opined.

Malcolm Tarling, spokesperson for the Association of British Insurers (ABI), says that there "is an issue" when it comes to elderly drivers - as "once you get past 75 to 80, the accident rate goes up".

"The elderly [should be] fit and able to drive," he commented.

"If they are then they should carry on driving. For those [elderly] people that are not fit to [drive], we need to look at ways in which we can actively give them more support, so people can make the transition from having a car to having to rely on public transport, which is obviously very difficult.

"The older you get the more loathe you are to accept that you can't do things you used to be able to," he added.

Mr Tarling also said that younger drivers should have at least a year's experience before being allowed to take to the roads on their own.

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