IGP: Proposal to limit issuance of driver’s licence to senior citizens yet to be discussed
Jerrica · Sep 27, 2021 11:13 AM
Following reports to restrict the issuance of driving licences to senior citizens, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, has clarified that it was just a proposal and the issue has yet to be discussed in detail.
Last week, Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (TIED) director, Datuk Azisman Alias, told the media that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) would like to propose restricting the issuance of driving licences to senior citizens to reduce road accidents.
He continued that the TIED is in charge of ensuring road safety and is always on the lookout for various aspects to improve road safety in the interest of the people.
Any introduction of new methods would only be implemented after undergoing a study process. The suggested method will also need to get the green light from all interested parties.
Previously, Azisman had proposed that senior citizens over 70 years old should not be allowed to renew their licences for five years. He also suggested these individuals will have to undergo a doctor’s examination to obtain a letter confirming that they are fit to drive.
He also cited diseases such as eye problems and Alzheimer's as among the health concerns usually suffered by elderly road users that contribute to accidents.
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