Do the Malaysian police want to take away our driver’s licence just because they think we are too old?

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Bernama reported that RMP was suggesting to the government to limit the issuing of driving licence to senior citizens because, among the factors contributing to accidents was the fact that senior citizens are driving when they are not completely healthy. Senior citizens should undergo a health check-up as well as getting a doctor’s letter earlier to confirm they are fit to drive.

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Proposal to limit issuing driving licence to senior citizens not discussed — IGP

Bernama / Bernama
September 25, 2021 16:45 pm +08

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 25): The proposal to limit the issuing of driving licence to senior citizens has not yet been discussed in detail.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the proposal was raised by Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Datuk Azisman Alias on Friday.

He said the call was his personal suggestion at JSPT level only and it has not been discussed in detail.

“JSPT, a department of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) involved in ensuring road safety has always looked at various aspects to improve road safety in the interest of the people.

“Any introduction of new methods would only be implemented after undergoing the study process as well as being decided by all interested parties,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/proposal-limit-issuing-driving-licence-senior-citizens-not-discussed-%E2%80%94-igp

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Unfair to make seniors go for medical check-up before driving licence renewal, says group

Saturday, 25 Sep 2021 12:45 PM MYT

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/09/25/unfair-to-make-seniors-go-for-medical-check-up-before-driving-licence-renewal-says-group

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FMT

Cops want ‘fit to drive’ test for the 60-plus

Shahrim Tamrin – September 24, 2021 4:25 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have asked the government to introduce an assessment system to evaluate the capability of senior citizens before they are allowed to renew their driving or riding licences.

Federal traffic police chief Azisman Alias said the suggestion to the transport ministry and the road transport department (JPJ) was based on the number of cases involving senior citizens who were caught driving against the flow of traffic and committing other offences, such as at traffic lights and road junctions.

“We need to assess the capability of senior citizens on the road because of the risk posed to other road users as well as themselves,” said Azisman at a press conference here today.

“There have been several cases involving drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. We also see a rising number of cases of driving against the flow involving the elderly aged 60 to 70 years and above.

“When the police detained them, it was apparent some of them aged 70 and above had some sort of dementia or senility,” he said. “Some of them were also found to be not alert to certain traffic conditions.”

According to the federal traffic investigation and enforcement department, a total of 804 road deaths last year, or 17% of the overall number, involved drivers and bikers above 61.

He suggested that the medical fraternity alongside the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) conduct a study on the possibility of introducing aptitude or cognitive tests for elderly drivers.

“They (senior citizens) should only be allowed to renew their licences provided they undergo a medical check-up and receive confirmation from a doctor that they are fit to drive, mentally and physically.”

He cited developed countries such as the UK, Canada, Singapore and Australia, which have introduced similar tests.

Across the Causeway, drivers aged above 65 must undergo an annual medical examination by a medical practitioner.

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PDRM Wants Govt To Restrict The Issuance Of Driving Licence To Senior Citizens

The reason being the senior citizens’ health conditions factoring to road accidents.

By Sadho Ram — 25 Sep 2021, 11:38 AM — Updated about 5 hours ago

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has called on the government to restrict the issuance of Motor Vehicle Licences (LKM) to senior citizens

The reason being the senior citizens’ health conditions factoring to road accidents, according to Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director DCP Datuk Azisman Alias.

In a report yesterday, 24 September, New Straits Times reported Azisman saying that diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and blurred vision are among the health issues faced by elderly motorists.

The proposal is for reducing the number of road accidents in Malaysia

https://says.com/my/news/pdrm-wants-govt-to-restrict-the-issuance-of-driving-licence-to-old-people

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