Are older drivers dangerous on the roads?
Imagine the following situation: You decide to renew your driver’s license before it expires and you are told that it is it is necessary to fill out the medical fitness form before you actually get the (old) new driver’s license. This is how things could look in the countries of the European Union if a new proposal were to pass in Brussels and should also apply to Slovakia.
It is obviously about a compromise towards mandatory medical examinations for older drivers over 70, towards which many countries were skeptical and experts’ opinions differed. However, a wave of criticism also arose against the solution in the form of a form, directly from Germany, the most populous country of the union.
Whether it will be possible to improve the safety of European roads by filling out questionnaires based on individual responsibility is questionable.
German Federal Minister of Transport Volker Wissing expressed himself in a clear speech. In his opinion, the forms are useless, and he also sees more important tasks that officials should focus on. “It’s just about clearing forms without increasing road safety,” he referred and added: “I don’t want to get involved in creating unnecessary bureaucracy at a time when we are already in danger of being suffocated by bureaucracy.”
We have to wait for the final rules and their direct impact on Slovak legislation – including who exactly and to what extent they will be affected, but for now, attention is shifting away from tightening health checks and towards the new form.
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