No E-plates . . . There?s nothing wrong with Jack?s driving!
No E-plates . . . There?s nothing wrong with Jack?s driving!

After P comes E



ELDERLY drivers have an image that they just can't seem to shake Like Mr Magoo, the old cartoon about a near-sighted old man terrorising other motorists with his wild driving antics, they are portrayed as blundering, bothersome drivers, a menace to other road-users.

Between Mr Magoo and the 'driving Miss Daisy' jokes about slow driving, elderly drivers seem to draw the short straw every time.

Is it time to introduce an 'E-plate' for elderly drivers?

Before you start sending in the hate mail, this is not meant as a discriminatory, ageist idea.

Rather, it would be a similar display to the L and P plates.

In the era of road rage, L-platers and P-platers are shown more patience from other drivers when they get 'stuck' behind them.

Perhaps we should protect and show respect to elderly drivers in the same way.

They are not the befuddled old pokes that their image implies; they have a lifetime of driving experience behind them, and the tests the RTA has set up for them once they reach a certain age take this into account.

For all of you enjoying the flush of youth, thinking these old 'fuddy duddies' should be off the roads, just remember ? when you were little, they drove you around.

And one day you'll be the elderly driver.



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