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    I hear he’s already had a brand new Landy delivered and the road involved is going to have safety measures put on it. No mention of perhaps he should have his license taken away, which I bet would be the case if it were you or I!

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    It’s unbelievable that he was driving himself and without protection.

    what is going on?they have enough means to pay for drivers …and hopefully the brains to understand that at 97 your reflexes are slow…apparently his eyesight is also limited.

    ban him….for his sake and the sake of all who risk meeting him on the road.

    i,m afraid it’s arrogance.

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    Every time any one of us gets behind the wheel we have a duty to ask you f we are fit and able.

    apparently the queen was photographed the day before on a public road not wearing a safety belt.

    I find it hard to believe that at 97,prince Phillip still has enough reflexes to drive across a dangerous road…blinded by the sun?dont go!

    there are enough private roads on Sandringham estate to allow him the freedom to drive,

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    When you are elderly,IMO,one of the very hardest things is to give up driving.My Father in Law became an awful driver,but insisted he was fine.Prince Philip is probably the same.I admire him,he’s gutsy,outspoken and a real character.Can you imagine trying to convince him he is too old to drive?

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    Always two schools of thought on these things, there are those in their dotage who can be more alert than say a younger person with things on their mind/changing a radio channel/ menopausal (and before you jump I’ve been there and know I probably shouldn’t have been driving)  or whatever, then there are those elderly drivers who should have given up years ago, my Dad was an awful driver as he got older, not that we could tell him so, the problem is he could have killed himself and others in a certain set of circumstances, as could Prince Philip BUT, whether it was because of his age or the circumstances only the investigation will tell. Meanwhile whatever you take on it or whatever your political persuasion this just made me chuckle

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    Yes…I,d hide his keys!

    my father had one eye….well he had two but he was blind in one.

    driving with him as he got older was terrifying…

    the family got together and we pointed out that it was  dangerous not just for him but for all road users…he stopped.

    he didn’t have people to drive him…it changed their lives.

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    I worry about how many people of any age drive without realising that they need glasses. There should be a mandatory eye test every three years for drivers.

    I received my first pair of glasses for driving when I was 23. I had not realised how bad they had got for distance vision. When I left the opticians I was amazed how everything was so much clearer.

    I have my eyes tested every year to make sure my distance vision is up to scratch, expecially for driving. I am now 73 years old and think it is very important to have them tested. your vision can change slowly without you noticing.

    How many of us on here have regular eye tests, whatever your age?

    I love the cartoons, so thanks for them.

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    My dad is 87, and still drive. I’m not proud of that because is far to be the best driver in the world … He still drive mainly because where he live, in the suburb of Paris, he use to have shops where he can walk to do his shopping and they all closed one after the others, to be replaced by flats to rent. The shops are now outside the town, about 2 to 3 km away from his home. No public transport get there.

    It is even worst where we live. We can’t do without a car at all. I often complain about the “chichinette” (the little noddy cars without a licence), but always think to myself, well they have no other solutions.

    Mobility/transports is a real issue in France. It applies to youngsters too.

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    I gave up driving about 10 years ago and have found it impossible to revoke my licence without quoting a medical reason. I will be 70 this year and will just not renew it.  Ray just let his HGV entitlement run out. Also he has an eye test every year and has just been diagnosed with cataracts in each eye. However, he has to inform the DVLA. He can read the bottom line of the eye chart with his right eye and second line up with his left. Both with glasses on. Also it is a recommendation to have spare glasses in the car in case you break your current pair  or mislay them.

    We were amazed to be told that with any eye defect if you can read the second line down you can drive.

     

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    The minimum legal standard for eyesight for drivers of cars in the UK is not reading letters on a chart.

    It’s the same as the eyesight test before your driving test, and the same test a police officer can ask you to take at any time.

    You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres in good daylight.

    (Not a french licence plate – the font is a different size to the UK one)

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    Blimey is that still the case? (Well not the date of the number plate but the reading of it) Something that hasn’t been interfered with, updated, or been ‘got at’?  As they say ‘If it aint broke don’t fix it.’

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    It’s not always about eyesight. With my dad he seemed to lose judgment as to the speed of oncoming traffic so he would pull out in front of other cars at roundabouts and junctions. He also ended up going up a exit slipway off a motorway one time but luckily nothing disastrous happened. We persuaded him to stop driving after that.
    Same kind of thing with mr jazzy’s dad. Impaired judgement and reflexes.

    Phillip’s accident involved a mother and baby. Glad they are ok. Perhaps he’ll stick to the roads within Sandringham estate from now on….

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    We  moved my Dad over to France & told him he couldn’t bring his car – bit extreme but it worked! :yahoo: :yahoo:

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    Blimey is that still the case? (Well not the date of the number plate but the reading of it) Something that hasn’t been interfered with, updated, or been ‘got at’? As they say ‘If it aint broke don’t fix it.’

    Yes it’s still the law – you can have any amount of fancy eye tests, but if you can’t read the number plate you cannot drive legally – if you are dyslexic and unable to put into words what you can see, you can write down what you can see.

    A couple of months ago a UK police force, I think it was Hampshire, were trumpeting that they were going around stopping motorists and getting them to do the eye tests – car impounded if you failed and snitched on you to the DVLA. You would have to go to your local DVSA driving test centre to have the eyesight test after getting it sorted out.

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    Well it’s pretty important that you can see what’s in front of you!

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    Apparently, this is how it happened.

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    I just wonder how the royal family would react if some elderly”the sun blinded me”gentleman drove into the side of Kate ,whilst carrying the royal babies.

    i imagine they would have something to say.

    For him to be back driving a brand new car the next day…on public roads …no seat belt…sorry, they are not doing themselves any favours.

    Is it arrogance?probably…but someone needs to speak out.

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    Exactly Marmite. To then drive flouting the rules concerning seat belts does smack of arrogance. I just heard on the news that the police are speaking to him, it was also said that the women in the car that was hit have yet to receive an apology, only a message from a representative of the palace saying that The Queen and Prince Philip wished to be remembered to them.

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    I see he’s still channeling his inner Toad of Toad Hall and was photographed driving his brand new landy without a seatbelt the day after. Toot! Toot!

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    A new vehicle in two days. Can your insurance do that?

    I always thought of him as an arrogant patronising ******* . He isn’t going to change now. If the police investigation into the accident proves it to be his fault then prosecute him and slap a load of points on his licence. Maybe that would make him think, nothing else will.

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    We are all equal, but some of us are more equal than others …. :-(

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    The minimum legal standard for eyesight for drivers of cars in the UK is not reading letters on a chart.

    Oh my God I hope that folk don’t believe this! Ray was told this by an optometrist who I’m sure is more conversant than Fitter at UK law regarding eyesight tests when cataracts are involved. Also it is on a Government webpage.

    Government website

    Snellen test

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    I think Fitter might have been referring to the bit at the bottom of the Government website you linked to, Anne:

    The practical driving test eyesight test

    At the start of your practical driving test you have to correctly read a number plate on a parked vehicle.

    If you can’t, you’ll fail your driving test and the test won’t continue. DVLA will be told and your licence will be revoked.

    While the website does say, “You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale(with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye.”, it would appear that the number plate test is the only practical requirement at the time of taking your driving test.

     

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    I had an eye test late last year, the optician told me my right eye was border line for the legal requirement to drive. I had some prescription glasses made and boy, what a difference, I can read the subtitles now on the TV, where before I was struggling. I had also read an article regarding  eyesight and driving stating that if stopped by the police and they asked you to read a number plate at 20metres and couldn’t, they were with in their right to take your licence away. My vision was still just OK for driving, but I make sure I wear my glasses now everytime I do drive, and as said am no longer squinting at text on the TV.

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    Exactly Marmite. To then drive flouting the rules concerning seat belts does smack of arrogance. I just heard on the news that the police are speaking to him, it was also said that the women in the car that was hit have yet to receive an apology, only a message from a representative of the palace saying that The Queen and Prince Philip wished to be remembered to them.

    To apologise ,would be admitting liability.He would be advised not to do that.The lady involved is making the most of it.Selling her story to the newspapers etc.Obviously her 15 mins of fame.Quite sad really.

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    I think Fitter might have been referring to the bit at the bottom of the Government website you linked to, Anne:

    The practical driving test eyesight test At the start of your practical driving test you have to correctly read a number plate on a parked vehicle. If you can’t, you’ll fail your driving test and the test won’t continue. DVLA will be told and your licence will be revoked.

    While the website does say, “You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale(with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye.”, it would appear that the number plate test is the only practical requirement at the time of taking your driving test.

    I said that Ray has been diagnosed with cataracts, different rules from taking your test. God almighty no wonder Ray is happier now that he’s banned.

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    Whilst I have some sympathy with Phil, it is not about age it happens to lots of people of every age, but there are other issues here.

    This man and Liz have been seen driving without a seat belt, well if it had been me and you we would have been charged for the seat belt problem but also for driving without insurance, as a result of not wearing a seat belt.

    Regarding the replacement, the royals do not pay for cars they are supplied free of charge by the car company.

    The Duke of Kent has Jaguar estate specially made for him by Jaguar.

    Of course there are reasons for an instant replacement being available eg the armour plating cannot be just made overnight, there are replacements for all the cars.

    Then you get the loud mouthed woman who was involved in the crash why on earth did they expect the Royals would talk with them, “normal” people do not talk in fact the insurance guidance says do not say anything.

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    Anne wrote

    I said that Ray has been diagnosed with cataracts, different rules from taking your test. God almighty no wonder Ray is happier now that he’s banned.

    Anne I read it that VK was just trying to clarify, not contest anything and I didn’t realise Ray was banned I thought he asked to leave?

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