One million drivers aged over 80

The country's roads are currently being tackled by more than one million pensioners aged over 80, according to a new freedom of information request.

The figures have been obtained by the Institute for Advanced Motorists (IAM) from the DVLA and show there are now 1,012,399 motorists aged over 80.

There are also 122 drivers aged over 100 who are still eligible forcar insurance and a licence, three 105 year-olds, and one 106 year-old woman.

IAM chief executive, Simon Best, said: "Older people need their cars which give them better mobility and access to more activities and services. Those who wish to continue driving beyond the age of 70 should only be prevented from doing so if there are compelling reasons.

"Rather than seeking to prevent older people from driving, we should make them more aware of the risks they face, and offer them driving assessments to help them eliminate bad habits. Driving helps older people play a full and active part in society."

Copyright Press Association 2012