Anyone who has ever visitted East Anglia will know that people in that part of the world couldn't drive nails into a piece of wood...
...so when I heard recently that concerns were being voiced about elderly people being unfit to drive on the road and that nothing was being done to ensure that these people weren't a danger to themselves and to others, I cracked a wry smile.
Currently, when you reapply for your driving licence, you have to self certify to say that you are fit to drive. Now, this seems a little strange to me as nobody is going to admit to being unfit unless they have to. After all, they want to carry on driving. It's like those stupid questions they ask you when you fill in a landing card to enter America. Questions like "Are you intending to enter in to any terrorist activities whilst in the United States?" I mean, you're not going to answer "Yes" are you?
The answer is really quite simple. When you reapply for a driving license, you go to your GP and get a signature from him to say that he thinks you're OK. Your GP should know if you have underlying problems and should be able to perform a simple examination to ensure you meet basic criteria.
This strikes me as yet another case of something where the politicians spout hot air and do nothing whereas, if they are serious, then the solution is fairly simple.
However, will it solve the problem? I once got banned for drink driving. Not something I'm particularly proud of, but it happened. When they let me out of the cell the next mornng after my night of ritual humiliation, I got a taxi to take me home.
When I told the driver why I was there, he said that he'd been banned once for 18 months for drink driving but that it hadn't presented a practical problem because the car didn't drive any different with or without a license. I can relate to this, because in East Anglia they can't drive or park. I'm amazed that some of them ever passed a driving test in the first place.
Then again, maybe they didn't...