Creston wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 13:46: The idea is nice, but who's going to pay for that? The State? They already don't have enough money.
Who's going to do all the exams? The DMV instructors? They already have lines out the door and keep complaining they need more instructors.
Who's going to enforce it? The police? They already don't have time to do anything but write speeding tickets... oh wait, that one would actually work.
The idea's been bandied about forever. Holland was on the verge of actually implementing a system for everyone over 55, but the simple fact of the matter is that you're talking about testing MILLIONS of people every single year (Especially now with all the baby-boomers having reached retirement age.) The costs and administrative burdens are just astronomical.
I agree with the sentiment, but simply mandating a test just isn't feasible.
55 is way too young. Even the 60s. So post retirement 70+ would be the time to start. And as I said, it could be a nominal fee that would amount to what it cost to renew your license every 5 years - so like $20 per year. If they can't afford that they can't afford to drive anyway.
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