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Health checks for older drivers

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MOTORISTS aged 75 will from now on be required to obtain a doctor’s certificate every year stating that they are fit to drive.
The decision was taken on Monday at a meeting of the Road Safety Council, chaired by communications minister Marios Demetriades.
The safety of the senior citizens as well of other drivers was the primary concern, Demetriades said.
Each year people aged 75 and above must now renew their driving licence after supplying authorities with a certificate from a doctor or doctors.
The physicians will bear responsibility for the information they certify, and must be specialist doctors, unlike cases in the past when even gynaecologists would issue such certificates, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said.
Moreover, the doctors signing the certificates will be required to inform the Road Transport Department of any change in the state of health of the drivers that may affect their ability behind the wheel.
The Road Safety Council also discussed the intended introduction of the narcotest, an issue pending since 2010.
Draft legislation prepared by the government has hit a snag due to legal complications on issues touching on privacy.
Demetriades said officials from the ministries of communications and justice, the state lab and the Attorney-general’s office will soon be holding a meeting to further discuss the issue and find the “best possible solutions.”

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