Irish drivers under the age of 75 will no longer have to provide a medical report to obtain permission to drive.
From next Monday, the age at which a person applying for a driving license must provide a medical report attesting to their fitness to drive will be raised from 70 to 75 years.
This decision should immediately benefit thousands of people over the age of 70 who are expected to apply for a license in the coming months.
The Covid-19 pandemic had already seen the obligation temporarily lifted for people aged 70 and over to provide a medical report.
In Ireland, age and medical fitness determine how long a license is valid for.
The change, announced by Deputy Minister Hildegarde Naughton, was hailed as a “welcome development”.
Professor Desmond O’Neill, from the National Office for Traffic Medicine, said the change recognized that older drivers were “exceptionally responsible”.
“The change is backed by international research indicating that routine medical screening of older drivers is not only ineffective, but may actually unintentionally increase injuries and fatalities among older people as pedestrians,” he said. declared.
Under the new rules, a driver under the age of 75 will not have to provide a medical report on themselves unless they have a specific illness or are required to do so by law.
The driving license will remain free for anyone over 70, this same age group being able to request by mail the renewal of a license or a learner’s permit.
Professor O’Neill said: “The change in the age limit is backed by a range of supports for older drivers and healthcare professionals in terms of comprehensive medical fitness to drive guidelines.”