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92-year-old Archie Scott passes advanced driving test

Archie Scott
Image caption Archie Scott said his first test in 1935 lasted for about 30 minutes

A pensioner has become the oldest person in Scotland to pass the advanced driving test, at the age of 92.

Archie Scott, from Inverness, has been driving for 75 years and chose to sit the exam to show the DVLA that he was still a safe motorist.

The former director of Scottish Malt Distillers passed his first driving test in 1935.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) confirmed that Mr Scott was the oldest in Scotland to achieve a pass.

He told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme he had been nervous ahead of sitting the modern day advanced version.

Mr Scott said: "My first driving test was very simple.

"It took half an hour and as long as I dealt with the gears in a decent sort of way and drove in a fairly straight line I passed."

He added: "The advanced test was 50 minutes worth of driving in and around Inverness - on the dual carriageway and rural roads.

"I was fairly nervous about it all but fortunately I managed to pass."

'Good driver'

The IAM said Mr Scott's achievement backed up its own research which suggests older drivers were safer than younger motorists.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research, said: "This age group make up 8% of drivers but are only involved in 4% of injury causing crashes.

"In comparison, the 15% of drivers in their teens and twenties were involved in 34% of injury crashes."

Mr Greig added: "We offer our congratulations to Archie, who has proved there's no age barrier to being a good driver.

"Archie's feat underlines our policy that re-tests after an arbitrary age should not be made mandatory, rather we recommend people opt for a voluntary reassessment to improve their own confidence and safety."

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