Initiative aimed at testing older drivers' skills

A new driver skills test is being introduced across Tayside as part of a new Police Scotland road safety initiative in the region.

Mark Dowie
Tuesday, 15th February 2022, 5:00pm
Initiative aimed at testing older drivers' skills

This week member of the pubilc were able to test their driving skills as part of the innovative new project which is being aimed at older drivers and their families and is being rolled out across the Tayside Division.

Participants were able to experience an interactive driving simulator which assess their driving ability including how quick their reactions are to hazards or potential vulnerabilities on the road.

The multi-agency 'Driver Engagement' initiative is also designed to provide a safe environment for older drivers, giving those taking part the opportunity to raise concerns about their fitness to drive.

Driver engagement is funded by Transport Scotland and led by Police Scotland, with support from other partners including the NHS, Age Concern and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Inspector Greg Burns from Police Scotland's Road Policing Unit, said that the question of whether or not someone is fit to drive can be a sensitive issue for drivers and their families and can help provide advice for both.

He continued: "The 'Driver Engagement' initiative is designed to provide a safe environment where people can interact with and seek advice and support from experts.

"While the initiative is aimed at older drivers, we will also be able to offer advice to family members or friends who are concerned about whether someone they know is fit to drive.

"We know it is a very difficult conversation which could lead to someone making life changing decisions, however, this conversation may prevent something far more serious happening.

"Ultimately, our priority is to improve road safety and to reduce the number of casualties on our roads.

"This educational strategy will be supported by respective 'Road and Community Safety Groups' and partners, and as such we are confident in achieving the objective of casualty reduction within this age group."

The force has pointed out that the simulator is not a formal test and is there merely to help provide the necessary guidance about how someone drives.

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