Is driver licensing restriction for age-related medical conditions an effective mechanism to improve driver safety without unduly impairing mobility?

Is driver licensing restriction for age-related medical conditions an effective mechanism to improve driver safety without unduly impairing mobility?

Ciara O’Byrne, Medical Student, Ailish Naughton, Medical Student, Desmond O’Neill MD FRCPI, Director

While medical conditions have been recognised as a minor contributing factor to road traffic crashes, clinicians and driver licencing agencies need mechanisms for promoting safe mobility for those with age-related illnesses which can impact on driving safety. Restrictive licensing has been proposed as a possible intervention for decreasing the risk of crashes associated with medical crashes, whilst not unduly affecting patient mobility.

The aim of this literature review was to analyse how the term “restrictive licensing” is defined in the literature, and to determine the effectiveness of this mechanism in improving driver safety.

The findings were published in European Geriatric Medicine in December 2015.