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Health Checkups a Must for Elderly Taxi Drivers

16:20 January 18, 2016 replay time01:34

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[Anchor]

One out of four taxi drivers in Seoul were reported to be sixty-five years old or older.

Though aging is an inevitable trend today, voices of concern arguing in support of proper management like regular health checkups are also surfacing.

Kim Dong-wook has more.

[Reporter]

More and more taxi drivers in Seoul are showing gray hair.

This is because there is no retirement age for taxi drivers, and the number of retired office workers becoming taxi drivers for the second phase of their lives is increasing.

Today, one out of four taxi drivers in Seoul is a so-called grandfather taxi driver.

According to statistics from the city of Seoul, of the 86,000 urban taxi drivers, 21,000 are sixty-five years old or older, constituting 25% of the total.

By age group, drivers in their fifties constituted the biggest percentage, 42%, at 34,000. Following are those in their sixties, constituting 37%, and those in their forties at 11.9%.

The number of taxi drivers in their eighties and working for ten hours every day was calculated to be 118.

Consequently, concerns of safety and the lack of nighttime taxis due to the increase in the number of elderly taxi drivers are being raised.

52% of private taxis, for which the average age of drivers is 60.4 years, do not operate late at night. For the past few years, of the accidents involving taxis in Seoul, the ratio of taxi drivers sixty-five years old or above was 22.2%.

As the number of healthy elderly people working has been on the rise, the aging of taxi drivers is currently inevitable.

Those with proper self-management have no problem, but anxious customers are increasing. Thus, voices of concern supporting the need for regular health checkups for elderly drivers are getting louder.


Kim Dong-wook reporting for Yonhap News TV.

Yonhap News TV: 02-398-4409 (Report) 4441 (Inquiry on article), yjebo@yna.co.kr

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