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PDRM proposes for govt to limit issuance of driving licences to senior citizens

Azisman said it would not be suitable for a senior citizen aged 70 years to renew the driving licence for a five-year period due to the age factor. (Photo by Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Yusuf/The Edge)

Azisman said it would not be suitable for a senior citizen aged 70 years to renew the driving licence for a five-year period due to the age factor. (Photo by Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Yusuf/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 24): The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has proposed that the government limit the issuance of motor vehicle licences (LKM) to senior citizens.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director Datuk Azisman Alias ​​said this is because the health condition of senior citizens could be a factor that contributes to road accidents.

He said senior citizens also need to undergo a medical check-up and get a doctor’s approval confirming that they are fit to drive.

“As people age, they are more likely to suffer from health conditions, such as Alzheimer's and blurred vision, which can indirectly cause accidents on the road.

“There was a case where a senior citizen who was caught driving on a motorcycle lane. Therefore, the government needs to study issuing LKM to senior citizens,” he told a special press conference at Bukit Aman here on Friday.

Azisman said it would not be suitable for a senior citizen aged 70 years to renew the driving licence for a five-year period due to the age factor.

He also suggested to the government to issue a policy for low-powered motorcycles to not make excessive noise.

The policy is needed because there are low-powered motorcycle owners who have modified their exhaust and do not follow the set specifications.

Meanwhile, Azisman said motorcycle accidents were still the major contributor to traffic fatalities in the country at 70% or 2,075 deaths from January to August this year.

This was followed by accidents involving cars with 450 fatalities, pedestrians (168), lorries (87), bicycles (54), four-wheel drive vehicles (53) and buses (one).