More than 100,000 motorists over 90 still have driving licences

Data revealed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) reports that the number of UK driving licence holders aged over 90 has hit more than 100,000 for the first time.

The figures show that 100,281 drivers aged over 90 hold a valid UK licence, compared to just 248 over 100. Meanwhile, more than 1.2 million licence holders are in their 80s.

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The organisation stresses the data is a reflection of licence holders and doesn’t necessarily mean they’re driving. However, it reveals there are three 106-year-olds that are yet to surrender their licence. Once motorists reach their 70th birthday, they have to renew their licence every three years and answer written questions about their eyesight and any medical conditions. There isn’t a maximum age a driver is allowed a licence in the UK.

Nearly three quarters of those with full driving licences aged over 100 are male. The oldest provisional licence holder is a 103-year-old female.

Research from Swansea University shows that, despite slower reaction times, drivers aged 70 are involved in three to four times fewer crashes than young males. Drivers aged between 17 and 21 are more likely to be involved in high-speed single-vehicle incidents, while elderly motorists are more likely to be involved in minor collisions. The report suggested that many older drivers compensate for this by driving more cautiously, leaving bigger gaps and driving at quieter times.

A survey by car manufacturer Nissan found that 30% of motorists thought driverless cars would benefit elderly drivers.