NTSA off the road, but more is needed
According to the new driving curriculum that was rolled out at the beginning of the year, the National Transport and Safety Authority(NTSA) recommends mandatory medical tests for epilepsy, high blood pressure, sight and hearing problems for all drivers.
According to the new curriculum, drivers are supposed to renew their licences every 10 years, and only after submitting a medical report.
However, motorists above 60 years must submit a medical report every year.
The medical tests will also include a range of brain-related conditions and diseases that disable mobility and muscle movement such as stroke.
In the curriculum, eye conditions lead a long list of mandatory medical tests for new drivers as well as old ones seeking licence renewals.
According to NTSA Deputy Director in charge of safety, Duncan Kibogong, some conditions will lead to automatic disqualification.
“For epilepsy, it is a no. The fact is, no one, including the driver, has any idea when the seizures can occur,” said Dr Kibogong.