Majority of Brits would Remove Driving Licences from Elderly Relatives

Mature Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top Car
Mature Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top Car

Research released today by has revealed that 84% of Brits would recommend taking an older relative’s driving license away if circumstances dictated.

According to the poll of over 1,000 British travellers, 55% would recommend removing the licence of an elderly relative for the safety of others, 18% for their own safety, and 11% would do so if they saw no need for the relative in question to drive.

Just 13% of those polled declared that they would never recommend taking such action,  preferring not to get involved, with a further 3% saying that any attempted intervention would be pointless as their relative just couldn’t be swayed.

Perhaps the most surprising result of the poll was that 78% of the over 66 year olds also admitted that they would also recommend taking an elderly relative’s driving licence away.


Ant Clarke Cowell, Communications Director at Holiday Extras, commented: “The topic of elderly drivers often sparks lively debate, but the more mature British drivers shouldn’t be put off, particularly when it comes to driving on holiday.

“Our car hire suppliers need to ensure all drivers have a valid licence, which for the over 70s needs renewing every three years. However, if an older driver books a car with us in advance and subsequently has the licence taken away by the DVLA, they are able to cancel the booking free of charge, as long as it is not within 24 hours of pick up.” is always looking to provide safe car hire experiences. For those older holidaymakers unsure of how to go about holiday car hire, here are some tips to get started:

  1. Be sure to check the conditions imposed by insurance underwriters prior for booking car hire, as some might have upper age restrictions.
  2. The majority of car hire suppliers do not require a clean licence, however, they might impose a limit on the number of points a driver can have, so always check.
  3. Unfortunately our health often deteriorates with age. With this in mind, the DVLA has certain medical standards of fitness required to drive. These also stipulate any modifications or adaptations a vehicle might need – check these before booking any car hire.
  4. UK laws require over 70s to renew their driving licence every three years, so don’t forget to check before that all’s in order well before the holiday starts.


Editors’ notes:

*Holiday Extras polled 1,125 holidaymakers from across the UK in December 2015.