The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has added a new list of ten serious medical conditions that may seriously affect one’s driving ability. DLT Director-General Atchatike Rattanadilok Na Phuket has attended a meeting with relevant agencies on finding ways to enforce stricter regulations against people suffering from ten medical conditions before granting them a driving license. Initially, the department had only listed five diseases that were considered dangerous to obtain a driving license. However, the rules have changed recently in order to ensure road safety. Patients suffering from ten serious medical conditions would be required to bring a medical certificate before getting their driving licenses approved.
The ten diseases listed are epilepsy, diabetes, loss of consciousness, heart and blood-related diseases, visual impairment, deafness, Parkinson’s, mental disorders, sleep disorders, and drug addictions. However this list appears to be general and non-specific health issues or symptoms and potentially many more than 10 recognised diseases. On a more light hearted note; one Thaivisa website visitor eloquently posted “Do you suffer from loss of consciousness. Er, hello, do you suffer from loss of consciousness. Hello?….