Families urged to talk to older relatives about driving
THE state's peak motoring body has urged families to have the conversation with older relatives about the right time to hang up the car keys following the launch of a new service by the State Government.
RACQ welcomed the recent initiative for seniors to receive a free proof of identification card and partial refund after surrendering their licence.
RACQ executive manager technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said the decision to give up driving could be daunting.
"We want Queenslanders to talk to older family members and have them consider their ability to continue driving," Mr Spalding said.
"The decision to stop driving may be due to medical reasons or a diminished capacity, and previously that meant older people were left without suitable identification.
"We believe any initiative to make the transition from driving to being off-the-road easier is a good thing."
Mr Spalding said there were a number of transportation alternatives for seniors no longer driving.
"Many people believe handing over your licence is the end of your independence, but it doesn't have to be," he said.
"There are a number of transport options available including taxis, community shuttle buses and public transport."
Mr Spalding said in Queensland, drivers over the age of 75, as well as drivers with medical conditions affecting their ability to drive, were required to carry a medical certificate when driving.
"If you have concerns about a family member's ability to drive you should contact your local GP."