Dubai plans curbs on professional drivers

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By Staff  www.emirates247.com

Professional drivers seeking a new or renewal of their licence will have to submit a health certificate showing they are free of serious diseases as part of new rules to be issued by Dubai soon, according to local authorities.

The new law is expected to be issued before the end of 2012 and will be confined to drivers of school buses, taxis, trucks and other professional drivers before it is expanded to cover all drivers through the UAE, (RTA) said.

It did not specify those diseases but according to a local medical study, they include epilepsy, sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, sudden bouts of diabetes, brain surgery, chronic renal failure and other illnesses.

“The new rules will be first applicable on professional drivers given the seriousness of their work as they are responsible for a large number of lives of different ages,” said Ahmed Bahrouzian, licensing director at RTA.

“Truck drivers will also be covered by this rule as most of them drive for long distances and this increases dangers in case they have serious diseases,” he told the Dubai-based Arabic language daily Emirat Alyoum. More info