Happy to take a retest
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