I have been driving all my life

PUBLISHED: 07:04 29 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:21 24 May 2010

I AM writing in answer to the article from Len Trowbridge regarding 'oldies' on the road in the Weston edition of the Mercury last week.

I AM writing in answer to the article from Len Trowbridge regarding 'oldies' on the road in the Weston edition of the Mercury last week. I have known and worked with Len for 20/25 years in the ambulance service before we both retired but I take exception to his remarks regarding, "there is no place for oldies on the road, we are a nuisance".I, like Len, have been driving all my life and in fact driving is my life, having driven everything from motorcycles to the old pre-war Austin 7 to, while serving in the Army, tank transporters in Germany. My daughter lived in Brussels until Christmas and I used to drive there three to four times a year, a round trip of 800 miles, and have never found any problems on the roads and to be honest don't feel any different when behind the wheel than I did 40-50 years ago.I am a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists which I passed after I retired from the ambulance service and all being well next year on my 80th birthday I hope to retake my I.A.M test to prove not only to myself but to others, including my insurance company, that I am still capable and able to drive 500 miles in a day with no problems.BRIAN PARFITT - Via e-mail

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