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Seniors oppose call to curb older drivers

Older drivers who face "draconian" medical and licence testing have rejected a senior NSW Police officer's suggestion that people over 70 should stop driving.

NSW Police head of traffic John Hartley has urged senior citizens to stay off the state's roads after a spike in the number of seniors killed in traffic accidents.

Combined Pensioners and Supperannuant Association policy officer Paul Versteege disagrees with the generalised statement that drivers over 70 are all dangerous and says drivers of all ages need to take care.

"It's not just a simple question of whether they are more dangerous, it comes down to driving ability," he told AAP on Wednesday.

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"It's incomprehensible that (Assistant Commissioner) Hartley would use the age of 70 as the age where people need to be very cautious - we would argue that any age is an age to be cautious."

Drivers over 75 in NSW must already undergo annual medical testing while those still driving over 85 are required to sit licence tests every two years.

This is on top of licence disqualification programs including demerit points and mandatory reporting of medical conditions that can impair driving ability.

"It's an over the top triple whammy of (demerit) points, obligations to notify and then the older driver testing ... it's a draconian regime," he said.

NSW Police has been contacted for comment.

AAP

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