The road safety charity’s report is based on figures the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) published in December 2013. This research shows that as recently as November 2013, the number of drivers over 65 in Britain was 7,191,192.
This number makes up 19 per cent or about one fifth of all drivers in Britain with full driving licences. There are currently over 37 million people holding a full driving licence in the UK. A couple of months ago it was reported that the DVLA was considering offering free electronic driving licence checks to Britain’s motorists starting from January 2015.
Further figures reported on by IAM show that currently over four million drivers in Britain are aged over 70. More specifically, 4,068,498 motorists fall in this age group.
Out of those as many as 1,101,799 drivers are over the age of 80. Interestingly the new figures from the DVLA also show that as of November last year, the number of registered UK drivers aged above 100 is currently at 195. Further reading into the DVLA’s figures show that the oldest driving licence holder in the UK is aged 106.
In all these age groups the vast majority of drivers have kept a clean driving licence. Further research reveals that of the drivers aged over 65 five per cent of them or 367,711 have penalty points on their licence.
Of the drivers aged 70 or over, again five per cent have points on their licence, meaning a total number of 195,773.
Three per cent of the drivers aged over 80 have points on their licence, totalling 35,498 motorists.These figures compare favourably next to middle-aged drivers. IAM reports that the age group most likely to have points on their licence is 42 years-old. Of the 816,915 drivers of this particular age, 10 per cent or 82,929 have points on their driving licence.
Even with this finding, however, IAM reports that older drivers are safer on the road then younger drivers.
The chief executive of IAM, Simon Best, comments: "In twenty years time, one in ten people will be over 80 years old.
"Easy access to driving assessments, better advice from the medical profession and car and road designs that mitigate the effects of ageing should all be top in 2014. The overarching policy aim should be to keep people independent and driving safer for as long as possible."