Families of elderly drivers should be ‘criminalised’ for failing to report bad driving

Families of elderly drivers should be ‘criminalised’ for failing to report bad driving


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He warned he would like to “criminalise’ the failure to notify the DVLA about an at-risk family member in a bid to boost road safety. He said it was likely the new system would be abused by many with some reporting drivers “out of spite”.

However, he warned the changes could help ensure drivers “reaction times are correct”.

Mr Freeman told Express.co.uk: “This idea of just self-certification is constant.

“The doctors should have a duty and I think they are being proactive now in notifying the DVLA.

“Any member of the family should notify the DVLA of a medical condition which could affect someone they are close to.


“I would actually criminalise the failure to notify.

“You can do it anonymously, you don’t have to name somebody.

“I appreciate there will be some people who will do it out of spite and ill-intent.

“But it’s important when you’re driving that you see your reaction times are correct.”

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Mr Freeman has pushed for more legislation around elderly drivers to boost road safety.

He has recently called for older motorists to face a medical check at least every two years.

He said this was vital alongside an eyesight check to ensure road users were always safe on the roads.

Mr Freeman added: “I will criminalise people who deliberately [avoid it].

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