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Drivers: Age Limits

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 25 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the power to impose a maximum age for the holding of motor vehicle driving licences resides with member states or with the European Union. [HL5057]

There is no current upper age limit for holding a driving licence in GB. However, it is recognised that age can affect health in ways that impact on safe driving. A public consultation to be issued in the autumn will seek views on when and how drivers' health should be checked to ensure that they remain fit to drive.

European legislation empowers member states to apply national rules on the period of validity for a driving licence.