Cute reason 90-year-old gets driving licence - but not everyone is happy

·News Reporter
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A man's decision to get his driving licence at the age of 90 has been widely condemned online despite his adorable motive.

Shi Yuanzhu, from Guang'an in the Chinese province of Sichuan, said he used to have a licence but it expired when he retired, The Paper reported.

Mr Shi spent six months working towards reacquiring his licence, saying he did so to take his wife on scenic roadtrips to the countryside.

Mr Shi proudly holds his licence (right) as he prepares to get back on the roads. Source: The Paper
Mr Shi proudly holds his licence (right) as he prepares to get back on the roads. Source: The Paper

According to the publication, Mr Shi said he was "very happy" to have his licence back.

But as his story was shared on Chinese social media site Weibo, dozens expressed their concern over the decision to grant him his licence.

"It's too selfish, it's extremely risky [at his age]," one user wrote.

"You can have fun as a passenger," another person advised.

Mr Shi pictured with his wife. Source: The Paper
Mr Shi pictured with his wife. Source: The Paper

Another said they feared he would lose his life on the roads.

Yet others sympathised with Mr Shi, with one person saying if he had been granted a licence, he will have proved he is suitable for the road.

"You should support him to drive legally and follow the traffic rules," they said.

"So happy for him," another wrote.

In October last year, China cancelled the age limit for applying for a driving licence of small vehicles, meaning over 70s could acquire their licence, CGTN reported.

Those applying must pass a series of tests including memory, judgement and reflex tests as well as a physical examination.

Reassessment occurs every 12 months.

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