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Talks underway over medical tests for some Dubai drivers

All bus, taxi and lorry drivers as well as elderly motorists could have to take medical.

Talks underway over medical tests for some Dubai drivers
MEDICAL TEST: Certain motorists could be required to pass a health examination before being granted a licence under plans. (Getty Images)

Health and transport officials are in talks over plans to require certain motorists to pass a medical test prior to them being granted a licence, it has been reported.

All bus, taxi and lorry drivers, as well as elderly motorists and those with existing health problems are included in the proposals, the National reports on Monday.

“The idea is to link the renewal of a driver licence with the production of a medical certificate to prove their fitness to drive,” Ahmed Bahrouzian, chief executive of the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) licensing agency, told the paper.

Discussions are in the early stages, but if approved could lead to a change in law and ultimately make Dubai’s roads safer, he said.

Motorists suffering from blackouts, heart conditions or epileptic fits could be required to undergo medical tests to determine their safety while driving, the paper reports.

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