Epilepsy, hypertension among diseases that can deny one a driver’s license :: Kenya

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Drivers to be affected by the new rules are those applying for new licences and those seeking renewals this year.

The practice of pegging the issuance of driver’s licences to medical tests may be new in the country but has been in force for years in other parts of the world.

New York

In New York, for instance, if one loses the use of a leg, arm, eye or ear, such information must be included on the driving licence.

Such drivers are then only allowed to operate customised vehicles.

Similarly, if the driver’s hearing is not acceptable, a restriction of “hearing aid or full-view mirror” is added to the driver licence.

Those who wear hearing aids and cannot pass the hearing test must use full-view rear mirrors.