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Tougher driving tests, medical checks eyed in road safety push

NATIONWIDE: The Department of Land Transport is set to adopt more stringent standards for driving tests to improve road safety.

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Bangkok Post

Wednesday 13 December 2017, 08:42AM

A pickup allegedly driven by self-described epileptic Akaradej Udomrat killed two people and injured 15 in Pattaya. Photo: Post Today
A pickup allegedly driven by self-described epileptic Akaradej Udomrat killed two people and injured 15 in Pattaya. Photo: Post Today

Among the new procedures expected to be implemented next year is a full electronic testing system, said Kamol Buranaphong, the department’s deputy director-general.

The system could help reduce arguments between applicants and testers, he said.

In addition, a finger-scanning system will be used to authenticate the identity of drivers who sit the exam.

In another move, the department also intends to review an individual’s medical history as part of the application.

Applicants with health problems which could pose an obstacle to their ability to drive safely will be prohibited from obtaining a driving licence, said Mr Kamol.

Health conditions that may disqualify applicants include severe hypertension, epilepsy and diabetes.

Those who have undergone heart or brain surgery who doctors find unfit to drive will also be disqualified from taking the test, said.

The need for more demanding criteria in driving tests comes following news of an accident in Pattaya involving a driver with epilepsy who lost control of his car while suffering from a fit, causing an accident that left two dead and 15 injured.

Driver Akkharadet Udomrat, 44, reportedly had been living with epilepsy for the past five years, some time after he had obtained a driving licence.

As for the issue of elderly drivers who wish to continue driving but may be subject to ailments that make them unsafe on the roads, Mr Kamol said the department is considering adopting the British system where those aged 70 and older are required to undergo a health check every three years before the DLT decides on his or her request to have their driving licence renewed.

The practical part of the driving test also will be beefed up to better assess an applicant’s ability to drive, he said, adding all applicants will also be required to score above 90% in the written exam to qualify for a driving licence.

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Nasa12 | 14 December 2017 - 12:12:40

And what does Thaier think the mirrors are for? put on make up ?

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Jor12 | 13 December 2017 - 19:05:09

driving a arm...smoking and using his mobile phone. Probably he was playing a banjo too?  This is what the article addresses in respect to the road safety initiatives.

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gigintour | 13 December 2017 - 17:25:08

as long as only 500 baths for driving without a license and can still leave driving license will not go to take. 10,000 bath fine and seizure of the vehicle immediately

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Kurt | 13 December 2017 - 14:55:52

Pulling wrong end of the rope.
Installing/implementing a full electronic testing system is just a administrative change. ( making a smart looking)
What is needed is a better drive training education, on the road.
As long as people on Phuket can get a driving license without ever been driving on Phuket roads, that long we see cars folded around trees and poles.
Practical driving test have to be...

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marcher | 13 December 2017 - 14:11:32

Would never change the mindset. Get on a motorbike and something happens to their brains, and with police not bothering to enforce the law they can do what they like I once had to follow a bike belching out black smoke. We stopped at the lights and I saw he had one arm, was smoking and using his mobile phone. A police in his box right next to us didn't even bat an eyelid. 

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CaptainJack69 | 13 December 2017 - 12:20:08

Many people would say that the practical test needs to be done on public roads, and I agree. But how would that work when no one on the public roads drives well enough to pass the test? I'd call that a catch 22.

I think the DLT should plan to update their system regularly, gradually improving their standards and the realism of their testing. Eventually we might end up with drivers who can a...

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