Seriously though I don't think driving standards here are too bad compared to the continent. The worst thing about driving in the UK is the roads are so heavily congested compared to just about anywhere on the continent. I'd say in terms of standards we're below Scandinavia and Germany but far better than the Mediterranean countries. Italy, Albania and Greece being amongst the worst.
In terms of licences for the over 70s. After the hair raising experience of being given a lift by my elderly father I'm going to start a petition to withdraw driving licences from anyone over 70. That's right, a blanket ban, use the bus!
It should ease congestion and lower the market value of second hand motorhomes with all you old duffers off the road (ducks for cover!)
Yes to above,we had to by force take and sell wifes fathers skoda of him,turned right once into field then drove over a rd island,and final reversed back into lady causing squillions of pounds damage,mind you even at the best of times when a lot younger his driving was bad to,some folk are just not ment to get behind a wheel.
have i read this right
a petition to allow over seventies and parkinsons sufferers to drive motor homes over 3.5 tonnes without any requirement for regular medicals?
worrying thing is people have actually signed it...
None of us will be better drivers at 70 than we were in our younger years.
We have to remember what we are talking about here.
Vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes, being driven by people in their 70s and older without proper checks being carried out. The fact is no one is taking your c1 away from you automatically. If you pass the tests you can keep it intill you are no longer able. Better that than causing an accident and causing death and injury.
My last motorhome like many others (a Swift Escape 684) is normally plated at 3.5 ton, there is the option to have it plated at 3.7 ton allowing me an extra 200 kilos payload. The upgrade is purely a paperwork exercise.I could have it down plated to 3.5 ton, but it's still the same van. I don't think many would argue that 7.5 ton van is a large motorhome, but having a decent sized van with a suitable adequate payload could be built at around 4.5 - 5 ton. Too many vans are driven overweight. How many people can honestly say they can be certain they are keeping below the 3.5 limit & also each axle weight conforming to what was on the plate. I used to have a Rapido A class, I could keep within the overall weight limit but looking at the axle weights all my payload was at the back I was actually overloaded on the front axle with a full tank of diesel. I had to have the front springs changed & have the front re-plated to give me an extra 150 kgs on the front but this didn't increase the overall payload.
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