Some consequences of different older driver licensing procedures in Australia

Accid Anal Prev. 2004 Nov;36(6):993-1001. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2003.11.003.


Given both the expected growth in the number of older drivers and their over-involvement in fatal and serious injury crashes, there has been a world-wide call for improved licensing procedures to manage older driver safety. In particular, licensing authorities have been urged to move from mandatory assessment of all older drivers to assessment practices targeting only those at higher crash risk. The current study examined older driver fatal and serious injury crash involvement rates across all Australian States to determine a possible association with the different licensing procedures. In particular, older driver crash involvement rates in Victoria (where there is no age-based assessment program) have been compared with rates in other jurisdictions with assessment programs. Crash involvement rates have been calculated using two denominators: per population and per number of licensed drivers. Some data limitations notwithstanding, older drivers in jurisdictions with age-based mandatory assessment programs could not be shown to be safer than drivers in Victoria. Further, there is some indicative evidence that older drivers in Victoria may have a significantly safer record regarding overall involvement in serious casualty crashes.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Australia
  • Automobile Driving* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment*
  • Humans
  • Licensure* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Male
  • Mandatory Testing*
  • Risk
  • Victoria