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Swedish experts call for new rules to get unfit elderly drivers off the road

A total of 109 people died in traffic in Sweden between January and June this year. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Published: 09.Aug.2017 17:11 hrs

Swedish authorities are investigating making it easier to suspend driving licences for unfit drivers following two serious traffic accidents with elderly people behind the wheel.

The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) every year recalls between 8,000 and 9,000 driving licences for medical reasons, including dementia, eye diseases and strokes.

More than 650,000 people aged 75 and above have a valid licence in Sweden, which unlike most EU countries does not have mandatory health checks for elderly drivers.

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