Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Support for Older Driver Testing Discriminatory

25 April 2005 For immediate release

Support for Older Driver Testing is Discriminatory says Grey Power

The negative reaction to Government plans to abolish special driving tests for older drivers is discriminating and ageist says Grey Power Vice President Don Chapman.

Mr Chapman says while Helen Clark’s announcement of the Government’s intention to abolish older driver licensing has been met with applause by the 84,000-strong membership of Grey Power, and an overwhelming number of retired New Zealanders, it has also attracted an alarming level of ill-informed discriminatory comment from members of the public and the media.

“The current procedure is stringent, alienating, ageist and costly for older drivers and we welcome news that the Government plans to eliminate it,” says Mr Chapman.

Mr Chapman says the LTSA’s concern for safety appears to have been focused on older people rather than other groups who are statistically accident-prone.

“We need to recognize that chronological age does not determine driver competency,” he says. “Our recent claim to the Human rights Commission on the basis on age discrimination has been recognized and it’s important to point out that an all-ages safety net driver policy currently exists to protect society and individuals,” he says.

“Individuals considered medically unfit are referred for driver comprehensive ability testing by occupational therapists and this removes the extreme risk (medication, eyesight, cognitive and dementia) often attributed to older people.”

Mr Chapman said 93 per cent of drivers over 80 eventually passed their tests and international research and policy comparison among the 29 other OECD member countries indicated serious statistical interpretation and policy flaws in the New Zealand approach to older drivers.

Over a ten year period the cumulative cost of licensing for the over 80’s, including medical and eye tests was $799.50 compared to only $44.50 for other age groups.

“We now need to develop a new policy framework that supports and enhances the mobility of older people while at the same time helping them to decide not to drive with dignity where appropriate,” he says.

Ends. Text 320 words.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news