126 pensioners forced to surrender driving licences

Last year a total of 1,800 pensioners took a driving skills test to see if they were still fit to drive. Of those that took the test 126 were forced to surrender their driving licences. News that 7% of older drivers that took the driving skills test last year failed appears in the Belgian Road Safety Institute's annual report.

The driving skills test is made up of physical and mental tests and is not-compulsory.

The Road Safety Institutes Karin Genoe told journalists that "The older people take the test at the request their GP, their insurance company or their children. The children want to know whether their parents are still capable of driving safely."

The percentage of driver over 65% that fail the driving skills test is only just above the 6% of those under 65 that fail.