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Age-Based population screening for fitness to drive does not produce any safety benefits

3 Feb 2011

EFPA prepared position statement on Age-Based Population Screening for Fitness to Drive.

The rationale behind age based population screening for fitness to drive is to increase the road safety for both the older drivers themselves and for other road users. It intuitively makes sense to “remove risky drivers” from the driver population and thereby increase the road safety for all. Consequently, age-based screening of older drivers is used as a safety measure in most European countries.

However, there are two problems with this. First, older drivers generally do not have increased accident risk that calls for the society to invest in a costly age-based population screening, and second, according to research literature, aged based population screening does not succeed in producing the desired safety benefits.

EFPA Position Statement

A. Meng and R. Risser - Age-Based population screening for fitness to drive does not produce any safety benefits.

 

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