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Clarkson calls for Philip to stop driving

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Motoring presenter Jeremy Clarkson has weighed in on whether Prince Philip should keep driving, calling on the Queen to send back his licence.

Television motoring presenter Jeremy Clarkson has joined calls for Britain's Prince Philip, 97, to give up driving after his car crash.

"Dreary motoring groups always tell us that older drivers are safer than 'young yobboes' but I'm not so sure," the former Top Gear presenter wrote in Saturday's Sun newspaper.

Clarkson praised Philip's wife, Queen Elizabeth, 92, who also still drives, as "a wise old bird".

"As far as I know she hasn't put a foot wrong in her entire life," he wrote.

"Let's hope she keeps that up now, and sends her husband's licence back to Swansea," he added, referring to Britain's driving licensing centre in the Welsh city.

The Land Rover four-wheel drive that Philip drove was damaged after it flipped onto its side on Thursday following a collision with another vehicle close to the royal Sandringham estate in the eastern English county of Norfolk.

British media showed photographs of a new Land Rover being delivered to Sandringham on Saturday, which some took as a sign that Philip intends to continue driving.

Norfolk Police confirmed on Friday that the driver of the other car, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee while her passenger, a 45-year-old woman, sustained a broken wrist.

A 9-month-old boy who was in the car with the two women was unhurt, the police said.

The crash has fuelled debate on restrictions for elderly drivers.

Current British traffic laws require drivers over 70 undergo a medical examination to extend their licence.

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