Boat Drinks  

Go Back   Boat Drinks > General > News, Current Affairs & Debate

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-02-2009, 14:19   #11
cleanbluesky
Abandoned Ship
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 492
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Takhisis View Post
Surely that is what a test like this would do though? It isn't saying "you're too old, you can't drive", its a way of judging on an individual basis whether the person is safe enough behind the wheel.

Considering the way most people drive, I'm all for mandatory retests every 5-10 years anyway
It would require lots of effort for me to pass my test again, I'm sure it would require the same amount of effort for a 70 year old. Why should someone face a re-test due to their age when other indicators of potential disability (such as sight and disability) are given much greater freedom to judge their own capacity to drive by the DVLA?

Last edited by cleanbluesky; 06-02-2009 at 14:29.
cleanbluesky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 14:30   #12
LeperousDust
Bananaman
 
LeperousDust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Liverpool/Edinburgh
Posts: 4,817
Default

I don't think it would be that much effort to pass your test again, yes you'd definitely need to brush up on a few things, but its all there. If its going to be that difficult i should question why you're driving now? Same with most of the population really... As long as there wasn't another associated cost with driving i'd take a test every 5 years, if it keeps mad people off the road i'm fine with that as well.
__________________
LeperousDust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 14:33   #13
Fayshun
Rocket Fuel
 
Fayshun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Adrift in the Orca
Posts: 6,845
Default

There's a massive difference between everyday driving and driving to pass a test.
__________________

We must move forward not backward, upwards not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling...
Fayshun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 14:34   #14
Burble
Rocket Fuel
 
Burble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 7,826
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fayshun View Post
There's a massive difference between everyday driving and driving to pass a test.
Thank god for that!
Burble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 14:42   #15
Fayshun
Rocket Fuel
 
Fayshun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Adrift in the Orca
Posts: 6,845
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Burble View Post
Thank god for that!
I'd fail before I got out the test centre!
__________________

We must move forward not backward, upwards not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling...
Fayshun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 15:07   #16
Mark
Screaming Orgasm
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Newbury
Posts: 15,194
Default

I'm sure they could come up with some sort of specific test for this purpose. Many of the older drivers have never been tested to modern standards anyway (which in itself might be an issue, but not one I'd argue).

Something along the lines of a simple medical and a hazard perception test would screen out the majority of those who are no longer safe to drive.

However, that approach would require application of common sense - something I'm not sure our government are capable of.
Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 15:32   #17
Burble
Rocket Fuel
 
Burble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 7,826
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fayshun View Post
I'd fail before I got out the test centre!
Ditto. But I'm definitely a better driver for it.
Burble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 16:05   #18
LeperousDust
Bananaman
 
LeperousDust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Liverpool/Edinburgh
Posts: 4,817
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fayshun View Post
There's a massive difference between everyday driving and driving to pass a test.
I agree i'm not saying there isn't but its not hard to drive to driving test standards for a test once in a while, and as mentioned it would do everyone good. Yeah it involves a million checks before you even turn the ignition and move but they're not difficult!? Just a little bit of forethought and brushing up the day before would be enough to sort you out really...
__________________
LeperousDust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 16:32   #19
cheets
Long Island Iced Tea
 
cheets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 442
Default

An old chap who lived in my street driving deteriorated as he got older, I remember seeing him pull out onto the main right infront of a oncoming car, the driver had to slam on, I saw him to it again coming out of the local Somerfield, I think at a certain aged you should be re tested, If you are old enough to retire then you should have to re take a driving test.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...al/4970182.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7859367.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7789750.stm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-motorway.html

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article...9&in_page_id=2

http://www.duck2watercarinsurance.co...te-to-rise.htm

Above are links I found on google, they are basic errors that no driver should be making.
cheets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2009, 16:40   #20
cleanbluesky
Abandoned Ship
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 492
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LeperousDust View Post
it would do everyone good.
I'm surprised you don't voluntarily re-test then. It would do you good, be in your benefit etc... its common sense.
cleanbluesky is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 20:30.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.