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Elderly drivers may need to take test in order to keep licence

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times

A damning World Health Organisation says Thailand’s roads continue to be some of the most dangerous in the world, with an average of 22,491 road deaths a year. Now the Department of Land Transport is considering the introduction of a test for elderly drivers in possession of a lifetime licence. Lifetime drivers’ licences were issued up until 2003, when the practice was dropped.

The proposal, which is backed by Thailand’s Development Research Institute, would see elderly drivers split into different age categories. They would be required to undergo mandatory hearing and eyesight tests as well as a driving test. They would need to pass both the physical tests and the driving test in order to keep their lifetime licence.

Sumet Ongkittikul from the TDRI says the proposal has been under consideration for some time, amid ongoing concern over road safety. He says drivers over the age of 70 are of particular concern, as their hearing and eyesight will almost certainly have deteriorated from when they first got their licence, making them a possible risk to public safety. He suggests starting with this group and possibly expanding the tests to drivers aged 65 and over, adding that those under 60 should be exempt, in order to save costs.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    How about making 13 year old boys take a test to drive a motorcycle?

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      Mark Harley

      Monday, August 10, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      The people getting killed on Thailands roads are young male motorcycle riders. And the wareing of crash helmets would prob. cut deaths by a good percentage.

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    Raphael Hythlodaeus

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Toby — what about 40 year old boys driving pickups?

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    Indy 500

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    The very good thing is that the farangs always gonna pay if there is an accent whatever they cause it or not,doesnt matter how old or young,have a driving license, the thai driver is. Its a big joke all of it. Lets make some road bumps and keep the speed down, then the road killing will drog for sure.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Raphael I think no Thai should drive anything apart from bicycles.
    They are not yet advanced enough. These people are only 40 years evolved from being peasant farmers and fishermen.
    And their selfishness is unbelievable. Just stand next to traffic lights and watch how many ignore the red lights.

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    Mark Harley

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4:28 am

    Thai dogs also cause a lot of road accidents

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      Friday, August 14, 2020 at 5:16 am

      True, dogs are not very good drivers at all!

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