DRIVERS over the age of 70, including those who suffer from poor health could be allowed to retain their driving licences if they stick to roads in their local area, suggests the DVLA. More new proposals being investigated could see older motorists having a tracker installed on their vehicle as part of a 'graduated driving licence' scheme. The discussions come as data shows an increase in the number of drivers over the age of 70 on the road doubling over the last 25 years with worrying statistics showing that the number of deaths on the road involving the over-70s is rising. The new graduated driving licences could see elderly drivers, who suffer health problems, restricted to an area of just twenty or thirty miles from their home and could have a night-time driving ban enforced. At present, a driving licence expires when a motorist reaches the age of 70 and those who wish to stay on the road must contact the DVLA to do so. There are currently more than five and a half million drivers aged 70 and over holding a full UK driver's licence. No matter what age, drivers must make the DVLA aware of any health condition that could affect their safety behind the wheel, and after 70 a review of each driver’s condition is carried out every three years. Despite this, a pilot scheme run in England, allowing elderly drivers involved in motoring accidents to take a fitness-to-drive test rather than facing prosecution, has found that 30 per cent of those involved had undeclared existing health conditions.