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Driver’s licence health rules to become stricter

Dec 05. 2017
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By The Nation

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The Department of Land Transport (DLT) is preparing a ministerial regulation to prohibit those with five health issues from obtaining a driver’s licence.

It will be implemented early next year, according to DLT deputy director-general Kamol Buranapong.

The department was in the process of consulting with the Medical Council and drafting new health criteria for licences.

They will include five new issues barring an applicant’s eligibility: epileptic seizures, high blood pressure, brain diseases, myocardial infarction and severe diabetes.

“It will take about 2-3 months to pass the regulation, hence it should be in effect around February,” Kamol said.

There are already five diseases that prohibit a person from obtaining a driver’s licence: elephantiasis, TB, leprosy, alcoholism and drug addiction.

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