Happy to take a retest

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

In re­sponse to Mr Can­ham’s let­ter ( CCW, 17 May), I’m now ap­proach­ing 70 and took my driv­ing test in 1966 and later, in 1978, an IAM test.

I still en­deav­our to main­tain a high stan­dard when driv­ing, but I also try, wher­ever pos­si­ble, not to do so in ad­verse con­di­tions, at peak times, or dur­ing the hours of dark­ness. I am painfully aware that my ad­vanc­ing years may bring with them slower re­ac­tions, pos­si­ble health is­sues and the like.

I would there­fore pos­i­tively wel­come a com­pul­sory retest. Were I to fail, I would be made aware of any ar­eas re­quir­ing at­ten­tion. More sig­nif­i­cantly, in pass­ing, I will have proved to all in­ter­ested par­ties – my in­sur­ers, the po­lice, DVLA and the pub­lic in gen­eral – my con­tin­ued fit­ness to drive.

We should not for­get that a li­cence to drive is a priv­i­lege earned and not a right. In or­der to re­tain that priv­i­lege in our twi­light years, we should be pre­pared to reaf­firm our com­pe­tence to con­tinue to do so with both skill and safety. John Wigley, Hath­ern, Le­ices­ter­shire

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