Plates for older drivers

Yesterday on mornings with Neil Mitchell on the 3AW radio network the issue of plates for older drivers. This was raised after a ‘Senior Citizen Mark’, currently implemented in Japan, was sent in to the program.

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Yesterday on Mornings with Neil Mitchell on the 3AW radio network the issue of plates for older drivers was raised. This was after a ‘Senior Citizen Mark’ licence plate, currently being used in Japan, was sent in to the program.

The ‘Senior Citizen Mark’ is optional for drivers between the ages of 70-75 and compulsory for those over the age of 75 and was implemented so that would show more consideration and care to the older driver.

Current statistics (see video above) suggest that older drivers are involved in no more incidents on the roads than their inexperienced counterparts.

Do you believe that ‘Seniors Plates’ could be a good idea or are they an insult to the driver?

Read more and listen to the radio discussion at
Read Drew’s blog - leave seniors alone.


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    23rd Mar 2012
    The GP medical certificate needed is yearly in NSW, and I would like to know the definition of elderly!
    23rd Mar 2012
    The Plates are questionable. I have mixed feelings about them. Seniors over a certain age have a medical examination every year. If a driver is diagnosed with any type of dementia in between times they should be reported to the regisration branch and the drivers be given a few days to voluntarily surrender their drivers license and receive a partial refund. I know one that still drove and had to be convinced by a family member that it was not a good idea. Had she been told she wasn't safe there would been ill feeling and stubbornness. Thankfully that tactic wasn't needed. She wasn't confident passing cars parked in the kerb and stayed too far to the right side when passing them. I think her confidence was shaken when she had a brake master cylinder failure and the brakes failed.
    23rd Mar 2012
    L plates are shown so other drivers can be a little more considerate to the learner. I don't think plates for the elderly would work either!
    23rd Mar 2012
    It wouldn't work, infact I think it would make them more vunerable to the hoards of inconsiderate "me only" drivers that are on our roads .
    23rd Mar 2012
    Good point - I agree
    23rd Mar 2012
    In Japan where they have a culture of respect towards their older folk, it seems it is being implemented for the right reasons. In Australia it is just an extension of the ageism being displayed towards the baby boomers who worked hard for many years and contributed to the country.
    They are now considered by a selfish and vocal minority, in this case with the support of cheap shot radio jocks, to be a drain on society and a general nuisance.
    Maybe they will next consider removing voting rights for people over 70. I am sure that 3AW can drum up some ratings on that one given Neil Mitchell's predominantly right wing red-neck audience.
    23rd Mar 2012
    I must agree with Zumbina, older drivers would be made more vuLnerable.
    23rd Mar 2012
    Older drivers are not the ones killing themselves or other road users. The p platers are the ones doing that
    23rd Mar 2012
    I think every state should be the same as Tassie there are a lot of older drivers with a lot of experience before you pick on the older drivers stop handing out licences to people that come here and can't even read the signs.
    We would be far better to take the licences of the hoons and how about retesting the P plate drivers each year till they qualify for a full licence or is that too hard easier to pick on the older driver.
    All licence tests should have to be completed in English that happens to be the language we use in Australia if you don't speak English bad luck.
    All states in Australia should have the same road rules.
    I also must agree with Zumbina.
    24th Mar 2012
    Got to agree with all that support more penalties for hoons and P platers that speed, use mobiles etc.

    As for new arrivals, try getting a taxi and giving directions or an address to the driver. Not much use when the UBD is written in English.

    Leave us Old ppl alone.
    23rd Mar 2012
    That would be discrimination. Older people are much wiser. I certainly don't want to drive around with a plate saying "Seniors Plate". Who comes up with all of these rediculous ideas? What next, plates with peoples ages on them? And get a new one every year? Just because Japan has done it, doesn't mean to say Australia has to follow them. Let's have our own voice and not from another country.
    23rd Mar 2012
    Iam sure that we can all remember what it was like when we first started to drive with 'L' plates and then some with 'P' plates. Very nerve racking, but what do we do today. Move away from them ASAP
    So you can imagine what the "Hoons" on the roads today would do to Seniors with such a plate attached to their Vehicles.
    As it is my Husband and I drive all over Australia in an RV and as soon as some of the other drivers see us, you can see them thinking, 'Oldies' lets have some fun. So I say NO to marking our Vehicles.
    RL in Brisbane.
    23rd Mar 2012
    Thats the second bad idea the Japanese have had, the first one was to bomb an American State, will they never learn.
    23rd Mar 2012
    I would NOT like anyone knowing I was a Senior driver, I can hear the remarks already from the impatient drivers on the road. Seniors have more sense, most don't speed and one day everyone will be a Senior. Give us some slack for goodness sake!
    23rd Mar 2012
    Not a P plate but a sign which would give prestige to the person. After all we all like to think we are polite and kind. Knowing the driver is a senior person may help people to be more tolerant and patient. Often there are children with the impatient drivers, this would be a good chance to show the new generation how to behave and be courteous on the roads. After all they learn by example best
    23rd Mar 2012
    Unfortunately, I believe a large proportion of the present generation, with children, cannot show the that new generation how to behave and be courteous on the road for the simple reason they cannot pass on something they don't have. It is nevertheless a lovely thought.
    big kev
    24th Mar 2012
    I Have driven Army vehicles for more than 15 years this includes all types such as Tanks, Semi trailers all dometic vehicles I hold a current MR truck Victorian licence. I have never had an accident.i am over 70 years old and have towed a carvan all round this Great country
    and not breached any states road rules.i would be embarresed to be tagged as an eldely driver. what ever happended to compedence. Kevin.
    24th Mar 2012
    I have noticed on many occasions, pedestrians will ignore a vehicle reversing out of a parking spot, and keep walking straight into it. I have many times very nearly hit pedestrians who just totally ignore a vehicle trying to reverse out of a parking spot.
    In response to Mr P Lawler, jamming on the brake in a moment of panic and slipping of and hitting the accelerator can happen to anybody, it happenned to me once.
    Barbara Mathieson
    24th Mar 2012
    And- this is discrimination !!
    Barbara Mathieson
    24th Mar 2012
    You can see it all now
    Hurry up grandpa/grandma!!
    24th Mar 2012
    I don't think so ! Respect is earned here not accorded automatically.
    24th Mar 2012
    The biggest load of B S I have seen and heard of in my long life
    25th Mar 2012
    I agree with douwe26, it is not only BS its discrimination as well.
    What next? our clothing size to be issued on a plane ticket for seating arrangement.
    25th Mar 2012
    There is nothing wrong with being a senior citizen and to be acknowledged as one with some courtesy. definately no P plates. The Queen has a flag on her car so what is wrong with having us identified. Time to start teaching the new generation patience and caring. It starts with each one of us adults
    26th Mar 2012
    Why not P plates for politicians... bright yellow ones so seniors wil know who to aim at?
    26th Mar 2012
    While I sympathise with Peter Lawler he really wants to get his facts right. Over seventy five drivers have a medical check yearly and not five yearly as he stated.

    26th Mar 2012
    Seggie. Excalaber, you are right. Over 75, a yearly full health check, and I mean full. Fold paper, throw it on the floor, pick it up, copy diagrams, yes, bit of a laugh but how right it is for all of us in our 'wise' years. Only too happy to do the correct thing by all.
    26th Mar 2012
    When I am driving I seem to be the only one sticking to the speed limit, statistics show the drivers doing the most damage are males between the age of 18 and 30. I am 78 and female and drive every day and I believe I will know when it is time to sell the car.
    27th Mar 2012
    NO NO NO! they would be treated with disrespect and be very vulnerable.

    21st Apr 2012
    I live in Goulburn. Last week a 91yo male car driver drove straight through a stop sign at an intersection and killed a 67yo local nurse who was riding her motorcycle home after a shift at the local hospital. A devastating loss. What more can I say..
    22nd Apr 2012
    Pip how many YOUNG drivers kill and mame older drivers normally have more sense and if you are 75 or older you have to have a medical anyway--No to marked plates for older drivers IMO
    22nd Apr 2012
    I do agree regarding the plates, but only because one can see if a driver is old so it seems unneccesary. I do think that the testing for aged drivers should be more frequent.
    23rd Apr 2012
    So Pip yo don't think once a year is enough--would you have us tested every month FGS--maybe the young hoons that " think" know it all should be restricted also
    23rd Apr 2012
    Sorry.. thought it was 5 yearly.
    23rd Apr 2012
    Have to have a full medical every year--from the age of 75-- after 80 it changes--see here

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