Friday, August 4, 2017

Motorist aged 65 in Dubai undergo medical screening from September 1st

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is introducing medical testing procedures for motorists aged 65 and above who wish to renew their driver licenses, a senior official said.

They will now be required to undergo medical screening at public and private hospitals and clinics approved by the RTA in Dubai as of September 1 this year.

Jamal Assada, Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA’s Licensing Agency, said: "The introduction of this initiative stems from the keenness of the RTA to achieve the highest traffic safety levels for road users at top-class international standards."

He added that the implementation of the new procedure will start from September 1 this year for motorists aged 65 and above.

"The test is intended to verify if motorists are free from diseases that may impact their driving abilities to the extent of posing risks to road users," he said.

The validity of the renewed driver license will be 3 years only instead of 10 years, Assada added.

"There will be an online link with the approved hospitals and clinics enabling them access to the online licensing system of the RTA to judge the medical condition of applicants for driver license renewal,” said Assada.

“Introducing the medical fitness as a precondition for the renewal of driver licenses reflects RTA’s commitment to the life of motorists and road users comprising pedestrians and vehicles."

The renewal of driver licenses service will be available through RTA’s Call Centre (8009090), Website and app on smart phones/devices (RTA Dubai).