Proposal for S-Plates to be given to elderly drivers

One of Australia’s largest insurance firms is calling for elderly drivers to be given “S-Plates” to potentially minimise the amount of senior driving deaths.

The proposal comes as The Herald Sun revealed fifty drivers aged from 49-85 died behind the wheel of moving vehicles between 2013 and 2014.

Now, Insurance firm QBE  is proposing a system similar to probationary licences for elderly, at-risk drivers.


Using a black-box device in vehicles, the proposed opt-in system would score senior motorists.

The technology could restrict the time of day or night the senior motorists drive and could possibly keep them restricted to their local area.

QBE spokesman Frank Peppard told the Herald Sun that the system “will save lives”.