232 UK driving licence holders are over 100 – and this could DOUBLE

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling for action after it emerged that 232 UK driving licence holders are over 100 – and this figure is set to DOUBLE over the next 20 years.

There are now over 4.34 million licence holders over 70 on UK roads – a number which is increasing by 10,000 every month.

The amount of UK drivers in their 90s has shot up by 16% over the last three years, to over 80,000.

But the IAM insists it’s not calling for a ban on elderly drivers.

IAM chief executive officer Sarah Sillars said: “People are living longer and therefore there are many more drivers on the roads that are past retirement age. We want these drivers to enjoy their motoring for as long as possible, so we want some thought and resources to go into how we can allow this to happen.”

The organisation claims that older drivers are more likely to fail to judge another vehicle’s path or speed, lose control through illness or panic.

As such, the IAM is calling on the government to take action, and car manufacturers to give older drivers more consideration when designing vehicles.

However, previous research has found that older drivers account for a smaller percentage of road accidents leading to injuries.

In 2011, over 70s made up 9% of drivers but only 6% of driver casualties, while drivers under 30 made up 20% of drivers but 36% of casualties.