Committee recommends medical exams for older drivers

Thursday, May 03, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A committee of experts established by Israel's ministries of health and transportation has recommended medical exams for all drivers over the age of 40.

If the recommendation is adopted, all drivers would be required to pass a medical exam when they reach 40, and repeat the process during every subsequent renewal of their licenses. Drivers over the age of 65 would be required to pass a medical exam every two years.

Officials are specifically looking to weed out drivers suffering from severe diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease and strokes - ailments that can seriously impede the ability to drive, reported Ha'aretz.

The committee was established as part of a larger campaign to increase road safety in Israel.

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