25 Apr 2009

Experts say medical won't always pick up conditions

6:08 pm on 25 April 2009

Doctors say a medical examination will not always pick up conditions that can make driving unsafe for elderly people.

It follows the a case of an 82-year-old woman who crashed her car through six fences in the Canterbury town of Rolleston on Wednesday, after she failed to take a bend.

No-one was injured in the crash.

Drivers over the age of 74 are required to obtain a medical certificate stipulating that they are fit to drive.

The Medical Association's GP Council chairman Dr Mark Peterson says doctors can issue a certificate, subject to a driving test but these can be expensive, and there is often a waiting list.