Those planning on applying for a driving license here in Thailand will be required to complete some extra paperwork come March 1 as applicants from then on will be required to provide a new medical certificate from a qualified doctor which states he or she does not have five specific diseases.
The diseases an applicant must not have in order to apply for a license are elephantiasis, tuberculosis, alcoholism, drug addiction and leprosy.
In addition to the medical certificate the director-general of the Land Transport Department Sanit Promwong announced that applicants will also be required to disclose any accidents and or treatments they have had in the past.
Doctors who sign the applicant’s certificate must also certify that the applicant does not suffer from a disability to the extent that they are unable to perform their duties, do not suffer from any mental illness or show any symptoms of the five diseases already mentioned.
The director-general also stated that motorists already in possession of licenses that show signs of disorders such as seizures high blood pressure which could result in accidents could have their licenses revoked in the interest of public safety.
The deputy secretary-general of Thailand’s Medical Council, Dr Itthiporn Khanacharoen said that the council has endorsed the new medical certification required by applicants.
Source : Thai PBS
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