Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Older driver test ends

4 December 2006 Media Statement

Older driver test ends

Prime Minister Helen Clark today welcomed the removal of the mandatory on-road driving test every two years for people aged 80 years and over.

From today, older drivers no longer have to undergo a mandatory test, putting an end to a practice which has been the cause of much concern for older New Zealanders.

"In 2005, Labour promised to abolish the mandatory driving test for those aged 80 and over. The new law delivers on our promise and is good news for older drivers who, like all New Zealanders, wish to be independent," Helen Clark said.

Under the new system:

- At age 75, 80, 82 and at two yearly intervals, drivers renewing their licence will require a medical certificate showing they are fit to drive as presently required;
- The Medical Certificate for Driver Licence has been revised to make it simpler and easier for doctors to complete;
- GPs will have the option of referring any medically fit driver aged 75 and over to take an on-road safety test if they are concerned about their ability to drive;
- Supporting education and information is available for older people, their families and the community, as well as GPs.

"An additional $550,000 will also be made available to expand the popular ‘Safe With Age’ driver refresher course and anyone who attends this course will be eligible for a subsidised private on-road driving lesson from 2007," Helen Clark said.

"The abolition of the mandatory driving test will remove the stress of older people taking the test without unduly compromising road safety. The new provisions, coupled with some of the existing ones, will help ensure that their safety and that of other road users is preserved," Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven said.

Senior Citizens Minister Ruth Dyson said that in many cases older people make relatively short journeys in their car and do not embark on major trips up and down the country. A car enables them to get themselves to shops, see friends and generally travel around.

The Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2006 was approved earlier in the year but a lead time of five months was provided to enable Land Transport New Zealand to make system changes, prepare communication programmes for both older drivers and General Practitioners, and undertake staff training.

The introduction of the new law came after a public consultation programme which drew 90 submissions, the vast majority of which supported the removal of the mandatory older driver test.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election