Should the DVLA take away my old friends licence?

I have an old friend, he is 73. About 15 years ago he had eyesight problems with visual field defects which lead to the DVLA taking away his licence, which he accepted with grace. He then had a triple heart bypass and recovered well. Then about 5 years after his licence was removed he got a letter from DVLA saying that different requirements were now in place because of a change in European law, and to take an assessment, being invited for a medical, a discussion, a period on a simulator and the a drive in a car on a closed circuit, subject to the first sections all being satisfactory. He did it and the following week his licence turned up and he has now been driving for an extra ten years.

However, my personal opinion is that he frightens the daylights out of me when I am with him, and has little spatial awareness nowadays. He has driving glasses as required but does not always wear them. He has received the invitation to renew from DVLA, but I am unsure on how to proceed. So do I contact DVLA for advice or try to persuade him to go back to his GP to get the form signed. My own thoughts are that a further assessment should be done.

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Asked on 26 December 2016 by oldroverboy.

Answered by Honest John
There's a balance of risk here. If he can't drive, then he'll probably sit in an armchair in front of the TV for another year or so, then die. If he can drive then he may/may not be a serious danger to others. Very difficult to persuade someone in this situation to give up driving (and give up living). I'd put it in the hands of his GP.
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