KUANTAN: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will introduce a new electronic system called e-kesihatan (e-health) for commercial-vehicle drivers applying for or renewing their goods-driving licences and public-service vehicle licences in July.
The system, to be launched by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy in Temerloh on July 15, would enable drivers to apply for their medical certificates in a more systematic way.
Pahang JPJ director Datuk Johar Rusi said a company had been appointed to handle all the medical certification required and candidates applying for or renewing the licences would be required to do their medical examination at some 100 clinics registered with it.
“This new system will help to curb the cheating cases where forged medical certificates are produced by certain people to make illegal profit,” Johar told reporters after opening the 11th annual general meeting of Pusat Latihan Memandu Cermat Pahang Timur Sdn Bhd here yesterday.
He added that the move would also put an end to the existence of “instant clinics” that normally operated under a tree or an umbrella where candidates could do simple medical tests.
Johar said JPJ hoped that the new system would help reduce road accidents among holders of commercial-driving licences because the licences would only be issued to those who were certified as medically-fit.