System of renewal of driving licences for elderly people needs overhaulingBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7346.1154 (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1154
- David Carvel (David.Carvel@biggar.lanpct.scot.nhs.uk), general practitioner
- Biggar Medical Practice, Biggar ML12 6BE
EDITOR—As a general practitioner, I believe that the guidance from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is unclear about when an elderly person should be advised or instructed to cease driving.
Conditions commoner in elderly people, but not unique to them, such as decreased visual acuity and myocardial infarction, have clear guidelines on how they restrict the licence to drive, but there is insufficient advice about slowed reaction times, decreased spatial …