The daughter of an older man with dementia has shared her anger on social media after he was granted permission to continue driving.
The NSW woman said her father, aged 83, received a moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in July this year and recently had his driver’s licence suspended until he passed a mandatory test. She said that earlier this month before he even sat the test, her father received a letter from Service NSW advising him he could continue to operate a car.
“This letter was written on the same day Dad didn’t show up for his test … What?” she wrote on Reddit.
In NSW, those with a licence must undertake an annual medical assessment from the age of 75 years and an on-road driving test every two years from the age of 85 to maintain an unrestricted driver’s licence.
Those 85 years or older can decide to take out a modified licence, allowing them to drive within their local area.
The woman, who goes by the user ‘uhohsarahh’ said her father – a car enthusiast – shouldn’t be driving anymore as he often has minor incidents such as scrapping cars and parking on the footpath.
Before the letter, ‘uhohsarahh’ and her brother discussed taking away their father’s keys to prevent a serious incident, but were seething to find his licence had been reinstated despite the fact that he did not complete the mandatory test.
“I recently took Dad’s car keys without him knowing. He has been looking for them everywhere. I felt bad, but he should not be on the road anymore and he doesn’t realise it,” she wrote.
A spokesperson for Transport for NSW told 7NEWS that while there were statutory obligations for the department “to ensure all licence holders are medically fit and competent to hold a driver’s licence”, members of the community must also report those who they believe are unfit to drive.
“Members of the public who have a genuine concern about a person’s medical fitness or competency to safely drive a vehicle can report an unsafe driver at their nearest Service NSW centre,” they said.
“The service centre manager will complete an Unsafe for Driving Report form and interview the informant to verify and investigate the details given, to ensure the information has been provided in good faith. The completed report is then forwarded to the Transport for NSW Licence Review Unit with recommended actions.”
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