Older Drivers

The Law & Your Licence

The older we are, the more experience we have as drivers. This is one of the reasons, why older drivers tend to be safer and more considerate drivers.

In 2014 to 2021 there has been 1,342 Older Driver Casualties in Greater Manchester, 161 of those were seriously injured and 22 were fatalities.

The Law

Renewing your Licence - Driving Licences expire at the age of 70 Years Old, so when you reach 70, you need to renew, if you wish to continue driving. Then you need to renew every three years afterwards.

You can renew online by visiting Renew Driving Licence (gov.uk)  or apply by post using the D46P Application Form

Health & Fitness

Eyesight - You must tell DVLA if you have a problem with your eyesight that affects both of your eyes, or the remaining eye if you only have one eye.

This does not include being short or long sighted or colour blind. You also do not need to say if you've had surgery to correct short sightedness and can meet the eyesight standards.

Common Conditions that may affect your driving?

Eyesight, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Sleep Disorders, Hearing, Medications & Surgery.

A full list of medical conditions can be found at Health Conditions and Driving (gov.uk) 

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) co-ordinates a scheme called Safer Driving for Longer allowing older drivers to reflect on their own driving, increase their confidence and ability while also considering alternatives to driving.

Safer Driving for Longer course (TfGM website)