Driving licences and medical screening in old age: Review of literature and European licensing policies

Anu Kristiina Siren, Sonja Haustein

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    Abstract

    Chronological age, per se, seems to be, in the case of mature drivers, only a weak predictor of safe driving performance. However, screening policies based on chronological age are widely used. Nevertheless, lately, more evidence-based policies have been called for. In this paper we first, investigate the evidence for and against having an age-based driver screening policy in place; second, we map and compare the current driving licensing policies in European Union (EU) member states in order to examine the variation; and third, we draw conclusions based on the literature and the policy mapping and provide policy recommendations. We find no evidence from the literature demonstrating that the benefits from age-based driver screening would outweigh the disadvantages, and we find the European policies, to a large extent, coercive and not evidence based. Based on research evidence, the policies are likely to limit the mobility and potentially worsen the safety of older persons.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Transport & Health
    Volume2
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)68–78
    Number of pages11
    ISSN2214-1405
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Keywords

    • Re-licencing
    • Screening
    • Safety
    • Mobility
    • EU
    • policy

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