Older drivers, part 1: community attitudes

This report presents the results of a survey into community attitudes towards older drivers. The survey questionnaire was published in "Road Patrol' during April/May 1998 and attracted over 1080 questionnaire and 125 letter responses. Opinion, via pre-selected options, was sought on appropriate ages to begin eyesight, medical and practical driving tests, re-licensing conditions and compensation for licence surrender. Responses were compared upon the basis of selected age groupings, gender and location. There was uniform recognition of factors involved in crashes, though few recognised that older drivers rarely drive at night. Older drivers (80-90 years) indicated poor understanding of reasons for crashes and a reluctance to acknowledge limitations, though most self-regulated their driving. There was overall support for lowering the age for compulsory eyesight and medical tests to 60 and 65 years, respectively. However, opinion was sharply divided on the age for compulsory practical tests, with older drivers favouring the current system of a re-test at the age of 85 years. Other respondents favoured the re-test at 60 years. The foremost pre-condition for re-licensing was medical condition, followed by traffic infringements. Regulation by family was the least favoured option. There was general support for some form of transport compensation for licence surrender, though 20 percent of older members rejected the proposal.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia

    Perth, Western Australia   
  • Authors:
    • Poole, D
  • Publication Date: 1999-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 49p + appendices
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: TS99/1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01396077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 2:26PM