They have to be joking?
Not only is it harmful, it is impractical and just plain stupid.
For a start, there are thousands of drivers on the road who have never passed a test: the vast majority of whom can’t get a test. There is a waiting list a mile long and they want to throw us wrinklies into that mess? Even worse, we would have to join this circus on a regular basis?
Furthermore it’s not us old folk who are the danger on the roads. I have been driving for some fifty three years and have never had an insurance claim. I have had multiple accidents but only one was my fault [my car had no breaks and I rear-ended a car, breaking his tail light. I paid for the minor repair out of pocket]. The point is that I am experienced. I have seen just about every possible crazy situations and am therefore far more likely to spot potential dangers.
I would contend that the vast majority of accidents are caused by younger drivers in their teens and twenties who are either either inexperienced or just plain showing off. Frequently we hear of smashes, usually fatal, where there are three four or five teenagers in the car. Those are the years when they think they know it all and love to demonstrate what great drivers they are, usually with fatal consequences.
I would contend that I am a good driver. I’m not one of those dodderers who drive their Morris Minor [or the modern equivalent] at twenty miles an hour on the fast lane of a motorway. My only fault, if you can call it a fault, is that I tend to ignore speed limits. I drive according to visibility and road conditions, sometimes well below the limit and sometimes well above. If the road is straight and visibility is good then why waste time constantly watching my speedometer for some arbitrary limit? I am cautious but not overcautious.
I fully agree with the expert in the article. The proposal is harmful, unnecessary and a waste of testers’ time.
But the EU will probably bring in the law anyway.