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Thai drivers must be able to see and hear to get behind the wheel in future, says government

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A Thai government spokesman has suggested that in future Thai motorists will actually have to be able to see and hear properly before they are allowed to get a driving license.

Thai drivers must be able to see and hear to get behind the wheel in future, says government | News by Samui TimesLt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnert said that the cabinet has agreed with proposals to change the requirements of medical certificates that need to accompany applications for licenses and renewals.

In the past the doctor’s certificates just referred to general diseases that were irrelevant to driving.

In future aspiring drivers and riders will have to convince doctors they have adequately functioning eyes and ears.

They will also need to be cleared of certain as yet unspecified “nerve” disorders.

This will help with reducing accidents, he said.

Thaivisa notes that Thailand has the worst accident statistics per capita in the world with perhaps more than 20,000 people dying annually on the roads.

The carnage has been termed a national disgrace.

Lt Gen Sansern was speaking after a ministerial level meeting in Chumpon in which changes to a 2005 traffic law and regulations were discussed.

It was reported by Daily News who also suggested that laborers on temporary work permits would also be restricted from driving private vehicles.

Moves are also being made to change applications for licenses to ride Big Bikes, as reported elsewhere on Thaivisa.

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Thai drivers must be able to see and hear to get behind the wheel in future, says government | News by Samui Times

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