TESTING TIMES: Only three states in Australia currently require elderly drivers to be retested at the age of 85. Queensland is not one of them.
TESTING TIMES: Only three states in Australia currently require elderly drivers to be retested at the age of 85. Queensland is not one of them. Contributed

54% rise in road toll for 60+ drivers, report says

AS A call goes out to look at introducing compulsory re-testing for elderly drivers across Australia, Bundaberg aged care groups have a message: "Don't worry too much."

They say that services are available in the region to assist people who might have to sacrifice their licence.

The push to consider the move comes as a report by the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport revealed that the road toll for drivers aged 60-plus had risen by more than 50% on five years ago.

At present, only three states in Australia require elderly drivers to be retested at the age of 85. Queensland is not currently one of the three.

Bundaberg Community Care Program co-ordinator Jenny Tree said Centacare was there to share the burden and make the transition to not driving easier.

"We can take people to medical appointments, community functions, shopping, anything generally within the city limits."

St Johns Bundaberg offers a similar service.

Admin Support Officer Jessica Lester said the service was available for people over 65, those with a disability or needing assistance.

"Often people who use our service still have their licence but are a bit worried to drive," she said.

Getting about

The approximate cost of transport with Centacare and St Johns is $5 each way within city limits.

Each service requires at least 24 hours' notice. For eligibility inquiries and to sign up contact:

 Centacare 1800 600 300

 St Johns 4151 0419



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