Elderly need transport
The Government needs to provide the elderly with alternatives to driving cars, a leading road safety campaigner says.
Car review website dogandlemon.com editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says 29 people aged 75 or over died or suffered serious injuries on the roads last year.
Mr Matthew-Wilson says old people drive because cars give them a sense of independence but also because they they have little choice.
He says the Government needs to create a national strategy aimed at providing old people with alternatives to using cars and encouraging their use.
‘‘For example, the Gov- ernment could help fund special buses to take old people shopping or bowling.
‘‘After teenage males, old people are one of the highest risk groups on our roads.
‘‘The entire New Zealand transport system is based around cars and trucks, with very few alternatives. Old people, in particular, tend to live in places that are distant from convenient public transport. In rural areas there’s often no public transport at all.’’
He says the Government should also require developers to provide easy access to public transport, rather than basing developments solely around car parks.