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As reported in the Advertiser, annual medical tests for drivers aged 70 and over will be scrapped to encourage older people to remain active in the community and because evidence shows they do not lower crash rates.

The removal of this requirement is welcomed by the Equal Opportunity Commission as it recognises that age is not the key determinant in a person’s ability to drive. This reflects approaches to the Commission by members of the community who have considered this to be unfair in the past.

For example:

Caller advised he is 80 years old and drives as a volunteer for the hospital. He said he now has to do a driving test, have a medical check-up and an eye test so he can continue driving. He believes this is discrimination as he is fit and well.

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