Five of Britain’s oldest motorists have racked up penalty points for driving offences in the past three years. Figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency under the Freedom of Information Act showed that of those, one 100-year-old and three 99-year-olds were convicted of speeding offences. The fifth driver, also a centenarian, faced action for jumping a traffic light, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Andrew Howard, the AA’s head of road safety, was not surprised by the released information. He said: “They may have been just going too fast or just failed to notice the speed limit sign. It could be that they were speeding because they didn’t want to hold up other drivers behind them.”
In all there are 121 motorists over the age of 100 still holding driving licences. Apart from being obliged to renew their licence every three years after their 70th birthday, older drivers face no other restrictions.
Toilet problems for London 2012
Documents obtained from the Olympic Delivery Authority under the Freedom of Information Act show that Olympic Games test events were full of toilet problems, The Express reports. Plumbers were called out 32 times to two test events last summer. The toilet malfunctions are thought to be due to the new toilet designs, which were introduced in a bid to make the “Games green”.
The toilets have “water-saving dual flushes” which are more prone to blockages when used in large commercial environments. Questions are now being asked as to whether the 496 new toilet facilities in the main stadium will be able to withstand vast numbers of visitors expected at the main events later this year.