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More than four million over-70s hold UK driving licence

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Image caption The RAC Foundation said older drivers generally have an "enviable" safety record

The number of over-70s who hold a UK driving licence has exceeded four million for the first time, the RAC Foundation has said.

The foundation said 191 people a century old or more hold a licence, with a 107-year-old woman the country's oldest licensed driver.

Motorists over 70 must declare they are fit every three years, but they do not have to take a driving or medical exam.

All drivers should "regularly consider their fitness", the foundation said.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "In general, older drivers have an enviable safety record, but it is clear that faced with this critical yes-or-no decision, many motorists simply do not have a realistic view of their capabilities."

The foundation said there were 4,018,900 people aged over 70 with full UK driving licences.

Research charity Rica, with help from the foundation, has produced a guide called Safe Driving for Life to help older drivers.

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