Elderly pensioner has driving licence revoked despite driving under the speed limit

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The pensioner, who was in his 80s, was caught driving just 10mph on a road with a 60mph speed limit on Christmas Day. Officers stopped the vehicle on the A346 between Marlborough and Swindon at around 8.30 pm.

Wiltshire Police said they had received several reports concerning the standard of his driving.

The vehicle was returned to the driver’s home address by officers and an eye test was undertaken the next day.

The driver failed the check and the DVLA has decided to revoke his licence.

Police Constable Sean Williams from the Central South Team at Wiltshire Police has urged drivers to take “regular eye tests”.

He warned drivers should “not get behind the wheel” unless they are fit to do so for safety reasons.

He stressed drivers should be able to read a number plate from at least “20 metres” before getting behind the wheel.

PC Williams said: “It is a concern that this man was behind the wheel of a car and we are thankful for those who called us to alert us and that this didn’t end in something far more serious.

“We stress that you must not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you are not fit to do so, and this includes meeting the DVLA’s standards of vision for driving.

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“We advise anyone with concerns to take regular eye tests to ensure they are able to read a number plate from 20 metres and also urge family members to ensure relatives are fit to drive.”

The warnings come just weeks after the Road Safety Foundation warned incidents involving older drivers could increase.

They warned the number of fatalities among 70-79-year-olds is forecast to increase by 49 percent over the next 20 years.

Meanwhile, the number of fatalities among drivers above the age of 80 is expected to rise “by a quarter”.

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