Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility will always strive to enable people to retain their independence through their personalised driving assessment services, and would never support a blanket restriction on driving. Graduated Driver Licence Schemes are used in some countries to enable certain drivers to continue to drive, legally, within their capabilities. In the UK, many older people already self-regulate by not driving at night or avoiding larger/busier roads.
The main idea, which has been briefly discussed by the DVLA and Driving Mobility, is the possibility of using telemetry to spot the early stages of not being fit to drive. This is being tested in several Government-supported projects and is widely used for younger drivers.
The possibility of Graduated Driver Licence Schemes has been discussed widely by many parties, however, it is not a concept Driving Mobility would support until, or unless, it has been properly evidenced to be enabling, rather than restricting independent personal mobility. If such a scheme were to be approved, it would necessitate new legislation and would be many years down the line.
For the record, Driving Mobility has not attended a specific meeting with the DVLA to discuss this – it was simply mentioned as one of many future possibilities to assist with road safety.
Driving Mobility would only support the scheme if it clearly enables some older people who would otherwise have to give up driving, to retain their independence and combat loneliness and isolation, whilst enhancing road safety.