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The Review of the Older Driver Licensing System in Tasmania

The recommendation of the report into the older driver licensing system has resulted in compulsory driving tests for Tasmanian motorists aged 85 years or older ending from early October, because it is discriminatory and has a significant impact on the lives of older drivers.

The review of the older driver licensing system has found that older drivers are not a major road safety problem in Tasmania, and are not over-represented in crash statistics.
 
Between 2005 and 2009, drivers aged between 75 and 84 were involved in 4.1% of serious casualty crashes and drivers 85 and over in just 1.3% of serious casualty crashes.
 
Normal ageing doesn't mean a driver is more likely to be involved in a crash and compulsory testing is therefore not improving road safety.
 
Older drivers tend to drive less, make shorter trips, drive in low traffic volumes, drive in good driving conditions and low speed zones and choose less hazardous roads.
 
As part of the Review of Older Driver Licensing, there was a month-long public consultation process, with 61 submissions received from individuals and organisations.

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