A DRAFT bill suggests that drivers over the age of 75 will have to undergo annual medical tests in order to have their driving license renewed.
“Drivers over the age of 75, for their own safety and that of others, mainly for health and safety issues will have to be examined every year by specialist doctors and this test will be compulsory for someone to continue to hold a driver’s licence,” Justice minister Ionas Nicolaou told state radio.
Putting a tough stance against doctors that may be potentially bribed or not follow the rules, Nicolaou said “if doctors fail to do the test and issue a certificate without conducting the test, they will be committing a criminal offence.”
The bill will be open for public consultation, he added, while efforts are being exerted to introduce a new system in testing drivers’ alcohol levels using their saliva. It has already been discussed with the state laboratory and the procedure to obtain the necessary technical equipment is set to follow.
The Road Safety Council is also looking into reducing the age for obtaining a learner’s driving test from 17 and a half to 17, while they are also looking into introducing the test digitally, Transport minister Marios Demetriades said.