Prince Philip collapses: Jeremy Clarkson calls for the Duke of Edinburgh to lose his driving license
Jeremy Clarkson has joined the call to Prince Philip to lose his license after his horror battle on Thursday.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, had to be pulled out of the wreck after his Range Rover collided with a Kia on a 60mph A-road shortly after leaving Sandringham.
The vehicle carried a nine-month-old baby, his mother, 28, and another woman, 45, who suffered from a broken arm and an injured knee, but the child was unharmed.
His crash led to a debate about the age when people have to give up driving.
Clarkson wrote in the sun and said, "Yes, well, while I'm very glad that nobody was seriously injured, I'm afraid my reaction was:" What the hell is a man of that age standing behind the wheel of a car? "
Jeremy Clarkson called on Prince Filip to lose his license after his horror murder on Thursday
Prince Philip was aware, but very shocked and shocked & # 39; after a dramatic crash near his Sandringham Estate
Philip is thought to have just left Sandringham and at this intersection the A149 merged when he collided with a Kia and his car with a cartwheel across the road
"Yes, dismal motoring groups always tell us that older drivers are safer than & # 39; young boys & # 39 ;, but I do not know that for sure. & # 39;
He then describes the current law, which considers motorists over 70 years of age to carry out a self-assessment every three years, as a joke & # 39 ;.
Mr. Clarkson added: "Mrs. Queen is a wise old bird, however. As far as I know, she has not misrepresented her whole life.
"Let's hope she holds it up now and returns her husband's license to Swansea."
New figures from 2018 show that the number of drivers of more than 70 named by the DVLA for additional tests increased by a fifth from 4,424 to 5,500.
Experts have suggested that prince Philip may be prosecuted or forced to surrender his driving license if a row rages about it or he is too old to be on the road.
Norfolk Police told MailOnline yesterday that they are treating it like any other crash in traffic, meaning they will probably question the Duke as soon as he is recovered. A spokesman for the force said: & # 39; The incident will be investigated and action will be taken & # 39 ;.
He describes the current law, which considers motorists over 70 years of age to carry out a self-assessment every three years, as a joke & # 39 ;. On the photo: Mr. Clarkson during an opening event for The Grand Tour earlier this week
The palace has said that the Duke of Edinburgh, pictured in 2017, has a current license
Prince Philip had a new Land Rover delivered to the queen's estate in Norfolk to replace the old one yesterday
The Queen will be annoyed according to her & # 39; & # 39; are with her husband, according to royal expert Ingrid Seward, and Prince Charles recently said that he & # 39; always worried & # 39; was about his father's determination to continue driving until well into the nineties.
If Philip had committed the mistake, he could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention – but he could evade the court by giving up his driving license, & # 39; Mr Loophole & # 39; Nick Freeman said.
Despite the ongoing police investigation, a new Land Rover Freelander was delivered to Sandringham today, which suggests that Philip is not ready to give up driving.
The crash also raises big security questions after it turned out that there was no royal protector in the car with him – but it is clear that the body of the royal family followed in a car behind.
Roy Warne, 75, drove home from the hospital with his wife Victoria, 72, who had just received everything from breast cancer when he saw the duke's car across the road & # 39 ;.
He helped the & # 39; conscious & # 39; but very shocked and shocked & # 39; to liberate royal via the 4×4 sunroof while the duke called: & # 39; My legs! Where should I put my legs? & # 39;
Mr. Warne said: "He [Philip] was not rude. He was very shocked and he went and asked: "Is everyone good?". He is a very brave man. He did not make a big deal about it.
He added: "He is lucky that he is still alive. I saw the duke's car tumble across the road – he ended up on the other side and rolled over it immediately. It was an amazing escape for everyone. People could have been killed. The impact was huge & # 39 ;.
Mr. Warne said he was not sure where the Duke's security detail had been, but added that the police were very fast. on the spot came in another car, after he had pulled Philip out.
Prince Philip has a driving license – but his wife is without any legal driver in Britain
The Duke of Edinburgh has to pass a driving test from the first generation to obtain a driving license.
He was born on 10 June 1921 and compulsory tests for new drivers to obtain a driving license were not introduced in Great Britain until 1 June 1935.
This applied to all drivers and riders who started driving on or after 1 April 1934 – when Philip was 12 years old.
Philip lived as a boy in both Europe and the United Kingdom, and enrolled at Dartmouth Naval College in 1939, and is believed to have passed his test.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The duke has a driver's license and follows all the usual DVLA procedures."
Philip will have to renew his license every three years from the age of 70.
There is no driving test or medical examination and it is up to drivers to indicate whether they are suitable for driving.
Applicants are encouraged to consult their physician before they apply and the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) can conduct further investigations based on the declaration made.
The only compulsory visual examination takes place during the practical test when students have to read a 20-meter mark.
Once someone has obtained their license, it is up to them to tell the DVLA if they have a problem with their eyesight.
The queen does not have a driver's license.
She is exempt from the law and requires all other citizens to take a test and keep a license if they want to drive.
The monarch learned to ride with the army in 1945 when she was 19 after she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War. She still drives around in her country estates.