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Fit to drive: NRMA forums for older drivers


Hit the road: NRMA forums in Liverpool and Campbelltown will look at older drivers and if they are Fit to Drive.

The NRMA will host a “Fit to Drive’’ forum at Liverpool on Wednesday,  August 12, to give older drivers the opportunity to raise concerns about mobility, transport and licensing laws.

A second one will be held in Campbelltown three weeks later. (*Details are at the end of this article).

NRMA members and local motorists are invited to register for the forum to receive the most up to date information about driving and other transport options, as well as the opportunity to highlight measures they want the NRMA to campaign for on their behalf.

NRMA local director David Bentham said the forum would be an important opportunity for the Liverpool community, of which nine per cent are over the age of 65 and two per cent are over the age of 80.

“No other organisation is better qualified to fight to improve the mobility for older Australians like the NRMA and our ability to achieve this is greatly enhanced when our members get directly involved,” Mr Bentham said.

The NRMA last held mobility forums for older Members in 2011, which identified a raft of community concerns.

These included:

– Making public transport more accessible

– Fighting to get more funding for community transport

– Increase parking and drop off zones around major transport, shopping and community hubs; and

– More information from the NSW Government about transitioning from driving to alternative transport options

“The overwhelming response received in 2011 is why we are encouraging all NRMA members to register and join in this important discussion, Mr Bentham said.

“By sharing your mobility concerns with the NRMA we will be better armed to deliver positive outcomes for our members.

“The NRMA’s commuter audit of public transport this year, which identified a raft of measures the NSW Government should adopt to improve access to public transport, was borne out of the 2011 mobility forums.

“Since that time we have also launched the Living Well Navigator, which provides a wealth of information about transport options for older Australians, and released the crucial report – Driving with Dementia.

“There is so much more work that needs to be done and the NRMA is committed to listening to our members and representing you.”

The forum will be chaired by Mr Bentham and the discussion panel will be led by Carers NSW Senior Education and Development Officer, Mary Magias, and South West Community Transport’s Lyn Bright.

♦ NRMA Liverpool Fit to Drive forum

Wednesday, August 12

Between 10am to 12pm

Liverpool Catholic Club

♦ NRMA Campbelltown Fit to Drive forum

Wednesday, September 3

Campbelltown Catholic Club

Between 10am-12pm.

• To register for your local event call the NRMA Events number on 1300 728 275 or email

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