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Officials deny plans to make elderly drivers re-take tests in order to keep licences

Maya Taylor

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The Department of Land Transport says there are currently no plans to make elderly drivers re-take a test in order to keep their licences. The statement comes after rumours began to circulate that drivers over 70 and in possession of “lifetime” driving licences, would need to re-take both a driving test, as well as hearing and eyesight tests.

Despite Thailand’s Development Research Institute backing the proposal, the Department of Land Transport says there are no plans afoot to impose mandatory re-testing on elderly drivers. However, it says it is looking at ways to help those with lifetime licences to drive safely. The department stopped issuing lifetime driving licences in 2003. In a post on its Facebook page, it says it is looking at ways of removing from the roads those who can no longer drive safely. This could be due to health reasons or simply as a result of old age.

Meanwhile, Thailand continues to hold one of the world’s worst road safety records, with an average of 22,491 deaths a year.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    Khun Wilko

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Let’s be realistic about this – removing however many elderly drivers off the roads is not going to bring about a significant change in road deaths.

    the truth that successive governments have refused to admit is that Thailand needs an holistic, comprehensive rearm of road safety….and yes a 70 yr old check up should be part of this. but as long as various nabobs come up with single ideas in isolation thee will be no progress on road safety – this has been CLEARLY demonstrated over the past 2 decades.

    BTW – it might help to reduce the number of deaths as opposed to the number of crashes if Thailand had proper emergency services.

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