Tina Mui Kwan-tung, 17, China Holiness Church Living Spirit College
Yes. There have been many road accidents in Hong Kong lately, and in some of them, the drivers were older than 50. Many people who reach that age find they are not as active or as healthy as they used to be. Their reactions might be slower, which can contribute to road accidents. As people who wish to be responsible, safe drivers, they should take a test.
Asher Lau Ka-yan, 15, Tin Shui Wai Methodist College
Yes. Not many people over the age of 50 will remember every single road rule they learned when they were younger. Having another test will help them revise what they have forgotten, and help them feel more comfortable behind the wheel. They would feel safer on the road, which makes other drivers safer. If every driver over the age of 50 had to pass a test before they could drive again, then there would be fewer road accidents.
Lee Yuet-ching, 17, Precious Blood Secondary School
No. Drivers who have their licence have already passed a test, so why should they be forced to go through another just because they are older? By the time they are 50, they usually have a lot of experience, which makes them safer drivers who are less likely to cause accidents. Elderly people who can drive do not need to stay home all day long, where they might be on their own. An extra driving test is unnecessary and unfair.
Cheung Yau-hin, 12, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
Absolutely. First, older drivers may have forgotten some of the basic road rules they learned. What happens if an accident happens because a driver has forgotten something? Second, drivers taking another test will learn new regulations that might have been brought in since they passed. Some people might think taking another test would be a waste of time, but I think that it is better to have drivers who know and remember what they are doing allowed on the road – not the ones who are beginning to forget things.
Justin Yam Man-nok, 13, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Yuen Long)
Yes. When we are 50, our brain’s ability to function starts to deteriorate. We should force people to take another driving test to make sure they still remember the road rules. Driving is a dangerous activity if it is not done properly, so we should make sure people on and off the road are as safe as they can be.
Fung Man-yin, 14, Precious Blood Secondary School
No, because people older than 50 generally have enough driving experience. However, the government should think about other regulations to ensure traffic safety for elderly drivers. For example, drivers could pass a health check at this age, and a health certificate scheme could be carried out to ensure elderly drivers are healthy enough to drive. This would reduce the risk of road accidents caused by diseases associated with ageing.
Sabrina Sun, 12, Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)
Yes, of course! People over the age of 50 usually have weaker eyesight and slower reaction times than younger drivers. They are less sensitive to changes on the road and their responses to traffic lights are slower. This threatens the lives of their passengers, pedestrians, and even the drivers themselves.
Burt Zheng, 16, Fung Kai No.1 Secondary School
No-brainer – they should. Older people tend to have worse health than young people. This makes them more of a risk on the road. Older drivers need to review their knowledge, too. The rules they know might be old or outdated. They need to learn how to legally and correctly deal with road situations.
Helen Lam Ching, 18, Precious Blood Secondary School
No, because some of them might not pass a second driving test. Many older drivers drive for a living, and if they failed, they would lose their jobs. This might lead to a shortage of drivers for minibuses and buses. They would have no money to support themselves.
Edmond Leung, 13, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
Yes. Drivers older than 50 might be less healthy than younger drivers, and that might affect the way they drive and the way others on the road have to act around them. Another test would help make sure that they are healthy enough to drive.
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