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Grey Power On Drivers Licenses

I was present at the advance briefing at HQ, LTSA, Wellington on Friday 17th August on the Review of Cost and Management of the Driver Licensing Regime.

The suggested reduction in costs to the Older Driver has got to be commended, and, with the testing of the overs 80's, if the first test is failed the second test cost will be waived.

My only problem with this is that of the reported unfairness of examining officers. This also has got to be addressed - many are being failed not for driving faults but for unnecessary vehicle or administrative problems that have nothing to do with the Driver's driving ability. The inconsistency of examiners is also a worry.

Grey Power still believes that the present testing of the over 80's is discriminatory, and, as a medical examination is necessary, the doctor should be able to advise the driver to give up driving and fail him or her on medical grounds, as carried out in England.

Most older drivers restrict themselves (and only drive when they think fit) Most do not drive at night. They use traffice lights for convenience. Most do not drive at peak hours. Most only drive in their own neighbourhood.

So my question was,"Why test these people at all?"

I'm told that a fairer system will be set in place for the Older Driver and Grey Power will keep up the negotiations on this subject.

Another couple of issues are (a) The courtesy coaches that are set up for the elderly. This matter is being unfairly dealt with, or opposed by other organisations or bodies and (b) The second issue is the Older Driver who gives his services to school bus driving when called upon. In fact, it is the Older volunteers that fill these positions on a part-time or voluntary basis that this country could not do without. The costs are prohibitive for those on fixed income.

John Jefferson Grey Power Federation President NZ

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