A NSW woman has shared her frustration online after her elderly father was allowed to continue to drive, despite living with Alzheimer’s disease.
The woman says her father, aged 83, had his driver’s licence suspended pending a mandatory driving test this month.
However, she was surprised to find he had received a letter advising him he could still continue to drive, despite not having sat his test.
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“This letter was written on the same day Dad didn’t show up for his test … what?” she wrote on Reddit.
The woman said “he should not be on the road anymore” but “doesn’t realise it”.
“Every time he drives, he has bingles and scrapes, parks on the footpath,” she said.
“But he is passionate about cars, especially his one, and doesn’t believe any of the bingles were his fault — there is zero accountability.”
The woman had been discussing with her brother the option of taking away his keys due to their concerns, and were thrilled when they found out his licence had been suspended before the test.
However, since receiving the letter the woman said she had “received word that he’s got his car out of the garage and is out driving somewhere”.
“It is insane,” she said.
“I can’t believe how reckless and dangerous this situation is and my brother and I may have to evoke our power of attorney to get him to stop, since the manager of the licence renew unit is an absolute joke.”
A spokesperson for Transport for NSW said while there were statutory obligations for the department “to ensure all licence holders are medically fit and competent to hold a driver’s licence”, members of the public must also report those who they believe are unfit to drive.
“Members of the public who have a genuine concern about a person’s medical fitness or competency to safely drive a vehicle can report an unsafe driver at their nearest Service NSW centre,” they said.
“The service centre manager will complete an Unsafe for Driving Report form and interview the informant to verify and investigate the details given, to ensure the information has been provided in good faith.
“The completed report is then forwarded to the Transport for NSW Licence Review Unit with recommended actions.”
Members of the public are encouraged to “be responsible” and report drivers who they believe are no longer able to drive safely.
For those with a licence in NSW, it is compulsory to undertake an annual medical assessment from the age of 75 years and an on-road driving test every two years from the age of 85 to maintain an unrestricted driver licence.
Those 85 years or older can decide to take out a modified licence, which allows them to drive within their local area.
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