UAE motorists with depression banned from driving

Epilepsy patients will also be affected by the new rules.
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The UAE's Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced that people with chronic disease will soon not be allowed to drive in case their driving is dangerous for other road users.

According to Emarat Al Youm, Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Za'abi, director general, Traffic Coordination Department, Ministry of Interior, said the decision will be implemented in the near future to reduce traffic accidents.

He revealed that links between medical facilities and departments of traffic and licenses across the UAE which will monitor motorists and sharing of medical reports. Depending on the recommendation of the doctor, MoI will suspend the licence of drivers suffering from afflictions that would affect their ability to drive competently on a permanent or temporary basis.

Diseases that could require withdrawal of driving license include epilepsy, Parkinson's, kidney failure and sudden acute bouts of diabetes.

Stroke patients and those who have undergone brain surgery or are suffering with cardiac diseases, severe depression or weak eyesight may require a temporarily cancelation of the driving licence.

Article 18 of the Federal Traffic Law allows licensing departments to suspend, cancel or refuse to renew any licence if the licence holder has any serious health problem.

Brigadier Al Za'abi said MoI is currently working on implementing this initiative with the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Abu Dhabi Health Authority and Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority.

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