Tightening health checks can help drivers develop a habit, says transport commissioner
Tightening the health checks mandate to yearly and lowering the age requirement from 70 to 65 for commercial drivers can help them develop a habit of regularly checking their bodies, said Transport Commissioner Rosanna Law Shuk-pui.
Speaking on a radio program on Saturday, Law said authorities have no plans to cut off the renewal of commercial licenses at once for drivers reaching the age limit.
She also referred to lawmakers saying that many drivers aged 65 to 70 are still healthy and noted authorities will study should the health checks requirement be more lenient.
Law continued that authorities will also see if it is possible to introduce designated driving tests for more senior drivers to quiz their reactions on situations like pedestrians rushing to the road and traffic lights changing the signal.
Law added the government still has to consult the industry, unions, and the healthcare sector before introducing any new law next year.
She stressed that the government tightens the requirements to help drivers develop a habit of checking their bodies regularly.
She also hoped district health centers could help drivers to take some of the health checks to lower the costs, saying that subsidizing drivers on the tests will involve the government’s recurrent expenditure and authorities need to be careful.