IGP: Call to limit driving licence issuance to senior citizens is personal opinion of Bukit Aman Traffic director

KUALA LUMPUR: The call to limit the issuance of Motor Vehicle Licences to senior citizens is the personal opinion of Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Comm Datuk Azisman Alias.

Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the suggestion was the personal view of Comm Azisman.

"It has not been discussed thoroughly.

"JSPT, which is involved in ensuring the safety of our roads, is always looking at measures to increase road safety for the benefit of the people," he said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 25).

Acryl Sani said any new safety measure will only be introduced once a study has been conducted and its implementation agreed upon among the relevant parties.

On Friday (Sept 24), Comm Azisman had proposed that the government limit the issuance of Motor Vehicle Licences to senior citizens.

He said this is because the health condition of senior citizens could contribute to road accidents. He said that senior citizens should also undergo a medical check-up and get approval from a doctor to ascertain that they are fit to drive.

“Elderly people are more likely to suffer from health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and blurred vision, which can indirectly cause a road accident.

“There was a case where a senior citizen was caught driving on a motorcycle lane. The government needs to look into this issue,” he told a press conference.

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