For the first time since he started driving, 92-year-old Eric Stevenson will give up his unrestricted licence.
As a driver over the age of 85, Figtree's Mr Stevenson has had to take a driving test every two years (as well as a yearly medical assessment since turning 75) if he wanted to keep his unrestricted licence.
This year he has opted to forgo the driving test and get a modified licence that will limit the radius of his travel to 15 kilometres from home.
He says he doesn't need to drive long distances anyway, but he also has had enough of taking the driving test.
"I thought, why put myself through it," Mr Stevenson said.
"Two years ago I didn't like going to the RMS because I had the feeling they want to see the old people off the road.
"Two years before that, I walked up to the counter and a lady tester said to me, 'You want to do this test?' I said 'Yes I do'.
"She said 'You must realise that if I fail you, you've lost your licence'. That was the first thing she said. I didn't like that, however I went for the test and I passed."
While he believed the medical community should have more of a say in who was qualified to drive, he admitted there were flaws in the system.
Mr Stevenson said he knew of at least one elderly driver with macular degeneration who had his wife sit beside him while driving to tell him whether traffic lights were red, yellow or green.
The issue of elderly drivers was raised this week after the state government accepted the recommendation of the Older Drivers Taskforce that the driving and medical tests remain.
Centre for Road Safety general manager Marg Prendergast said the taskforce's finding struck a balance between mobility for older drivers and safety for all road users.
She said the taskforce found the number of drivers aged over 85 had risen 94 per cent in the five years to June 2011.
"The evidence clearly showed that as the number of older drivers on our roads increases, so too does the risk of more crashes for this group.
"This group has the highest percentage of driver casualties who are killed of all age groups."
She said that dementia was one of the key issues for older drivers.
"Once someone enters the 65-plus age bracket, dementia becomes a growing risk, and one that can affect a person's judgment and ability to drive safely due to loss of memory, limited concentration or sight problems," Ms Prendergast said.
The NSW Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association had opposed the continuation of driving tests, claiming there was no evidence they were effective.
Senior policy advisor Charmaine Crowe cited evidence from the Accident Research Centre at Monash University that said there was no benefit to testing older drivers.
"Transport NSW is obfuscating the evidence by suggesting that mandatory on-road testing of older drivers is needed because older people have a higher risk of dying in a car accident," Ms Crowe said.
"This has been found to be because of increased frailty. To put it simply, older people fare worse after a car accident - whether they're a driver or a passenger - than their younger counterparts.
"There is no evidence to demonstrate that increased age equals increased risk."