Noel Harrington

FINE Gael West Cork TD Noel Harrington has called for the age limit for the medical assessment to renew a driving licence to be raised from 70 to 72.

“The simple truth is that people are living longer and this is reflected in the decision to raise the retirement age on an incremental basis over the coming years.

“It is with this in mind that I am calling for the age whereby drivers must undergo a medical assessment to renew a driving licence, to be increased from 70 to the higher age of 72,” he said.

The Beara TD said that people are living longer and healthier lives and that the guidelines for things like the pension and the driving license were set down at a time when life expectancy for men and women was much reduced.

“With medical advancements and a more conscientious approach to our health, people are living longer.

“I am calling for the age limit in this regard to be raised in line with developments we are making in other areas. It makes sense,” he said.