Senior citizens must pass 3 tests to renew driver’s license
Jun 20, 2017CultureComments Off on Senior citizens must pass 3 tests to renew driver’s license
Taipei--Starting on July 1, motorists aged 75 and older will receive notifications informing them they need to pass cognitive and physical coordination tests within three years to have their licenses renewed, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said on Tuesday.
The new measure means those born on July 1, 1942 or earlier will receive a notice instructing them to present a physical examination report and pass three tests, no later than their 78th birthday. In the first year, about 70,000 people will be affected.
Those who have violated traffic rules and received "demerits" or whose driver's license has been revoked must apply for a new one within three months of receiving the notification.
Motorists who receive a notification but do not apply for a new license or return their existing driver's license before the age of 78, will be fined between NT$1,800 (US$59.10) and NT$3,600.
Under the new rules, seniors who drive will be required to submit a physical examination to prove they do not suffer from dementia and pass three tests to have their licenses renewed -- the tests will focus on time cognition, short-term memory and physical coordination.
Each test takes about 20 minutes and applicants must pass all three to legally retain their right to drive.
The DGH said senior citizens can undertake physical examinations and take the tests at public hospitals and government-commissioned private hospitals, clinics or institutes.
The transportation authorities give tests but do not conduct physical exams.
To encourage drivers of advanced age to make more use of public transport, the DGH said it will hand out electronic coupons worth NT$200 to those who voluntarily return their driver's licenses or pass all three tests to obtain a new license under the new rule.