Roads should be adapted to be more 'friendly' for pensioners, report suggests

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


A new report backed by the government suggests that T-junctions should be replaced with roundabouts to make roads more 'friendly' for older drivers.


Ministers are reported to have backed the recommendations suggested in the report from the Older Drivers Task Force, where they have warned the government that road policies must reflect an ageing population.


Figures showed that the over-75's are twice as likely to be killed negotiating T-junctions than younger motorists.


"Given that the percentage of serious accidents at T-junctions increases significantly with age after 65, and that this does not happen at roundabouts, it would be worth studying the value of installing mini-roundabouts at busy T-junctions with little or no change to the kerb lines," the report stated.


For years the average age of Britain's driving population has been on the rise due to improved healthcare and standard living conditions. In 2014 there were 4.7million motorists aged 70 who held a valid driver's license and it is predicted that this number will rise to 8.5 million in the next 20 years.


Further "pensioner-friendly" recommendations made in the report include installing more segregated slip roads leading to proper lanes on motorways and A-roads. This would allow older drivers to join busy roads without having to look over their shoulders.


Other suggestions made were wider white lines in the middle of carriageways; more traffic lights at crossroad junctions and larger lettering on road markings.


Andrew Jones, the road minister, told The Times: "It calls for action from a number of sectors, including government, and we will consider the recommendations carefully."


The report also recommends that motorists should be given an eye test from the age of 60, however says that drivers should not have to renew their license until the age of 75. This would be five years later than the current rule.


John Plowman, chairman of the Older Drivers Task Force, said: "People are living longer, healthier, more active lives, and driving longer. The number of drivers over 85 will double to 1 million by 2025, many without access to public transport.


"This influx of older drivers has important economic and social value but it also presents road safety risks if we don't adapt. Getting to grips with these risks, without limiting the independence and freedoms of the elderly is an important policy challenge - one to be tackled by the appointment of a minister with responsibility for older drivers."

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