On holiday in Portugal recently, I was told how they deal with elderly drivers.

On reaching 75 years of age, to renew their driving licence they have to go to their GP and get a fitness to drive certificate, which is then submitted to the appropriate authority who will then issue a new licence.

This has to be done every year as long as they wish to drive. Unlike this country where, at the age of 70 and at intervals of three years thereafter, a self-assessment form is completed by ticking the correct boxes.

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I know which method I prefer. A friend told me he filled in his licence renewal form last year and now has a driving licence until he is 92. I am quite happy to sit in the passenger seat with him driving, unlike other younger drivers I know who are a danger to themselves and others.

Jim Eddie,

1 St Marys Cross,