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Will JPJ require senior drivers to undergo an eye test and medical examination to renew their driving license in 2024?!

Check out the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2023-07-21 : Added JPJ’s official statement on the viral claim
Originally posted @ 2023-07-20

claim: JPJ Will Require Eye + Medical Exams For Senior Drivers!

This WhatsApp message has gone viral, saying that the Malaysia Road Transport Department (JPJ) will require senior drivers aged 65 and above to undergo an eye test and medical report before they can renew their driving license in 2024!

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Hi seniors, those aged 65 and above will need to undergo an eye and medical examination from 2024 to renew your driver’s license.
Go to jpj now to extend your license at the warga Emas counter. We just did. Very fast. Less than 15 mins.
Mine expires 2027 so extended till 2034. Rm30/yr. pay with credit card. It’s very easy.
1. In jpj pj, go to the right door -asking to get your number.
2. Then go to door B at the warga Mas counter and give your driver’s license and pay.
3. Then go to a counter on the left to give the guy your ic. Wait for him to give you your new driver’s license.

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Fact : JPJ does NO Eye + Medical Exams Required For Senior Drivers!

This is another example of FAKE NEWS spreading on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1: Eye Examination + Medical Report Not Required To Renew Driving License

First, let me just point out that renewing your driver’s license has a few requirements:

  • The driver should not be blacklisted
  • You can only renew your driver’s license for up to 10 years.
  • You must provide the following documents:
    – Original MyKad / passport (or copies, if renewed by a representative)
    – Representative’s original MyKad / passport (if renewed by a representative)
    – Original driving license
    – 1 color photo (25 mm x 32 mm, with white background)
    – Fee RM2 per year for Class A/A1)
    – Fee of RM20 per year for Class B, B2 and C
    – Fee RM30 per year for Class D and above

There is no need to take any eye test, or provide a medical report, to renew your driver’s license.

Fact #2: JPJ labeled the Claim as Fake News!

A check on the JPJ website and official Facebook page confirmed that the Malaysia Road Transport Department has not announced any additional requirements to renew your driver’s license.

There is also no such announcement on the official Facebook page of Malaysia Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

At around 5:45 PM on July 20, 2023, JPJ finally issued a statement, calling the claim that it would require senior drivers to undergo an eye test and provide a medical report to renew their driver’s license as “fake news“. Here is the statement in English:

VIRAL MESSAGE DISCLAIMER NOTICE

The Malaysian Road Transport Department (JPJ) would like to inform everyone that the claim that went viral on WhatsApp about Senior Citizens aged 65 and above undergoing eye and health screening starting in 2024 is NOT TRUE.

Accordingly, driving license renewal for senior citizens remains the same.

In this regard, JPJ advises the public not to hesitate and contact the nearest JPJ office to obtain more accurate information so as not to be deceived.

Recommended: Where + How To Renew Driving License In Malaysia!

Will JPJ Require Eye Test + Medical Report For Senior Drivers?!

Fact #3: PDRM Requests Driving Test In 2021

This fake news is likely based on news reports in 2021 about a possible Fit To Drive test for senior drivers in Malaysia.

In September 2021, the Malaysian police asked the government to consider introducing “Fit To Drive” assessment system to check senior drivers aged 60 years and above, before they are allowed to renew their driving/riding licences.

At the time, federal traffic police chief Azisman Alias ​​explained that the proposal to the Malaysian Transport Ministry and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) was based on the number of cases involving senior citizens who were caught driving against the flow of traffic, and committed other violations at traffic lights and road junctions.

We need to check the roadworthiness of senior citizens because of the danger they pose to other road users as well as themselves.

There have been several cases involving drivers who were under the influence of drugs and alcohol. We are also seeing an increasing number of cases of driving against the flow involving the elderly aged 60 to 70 years and above.

When the police stopped them, it was evident that some of them aged 70 and above had some form of dementia or old age. Some of them were also found to be inattentive in certain traffic conditions.

He suggested, at that time, that the medical fraternity alongside the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) should conduct a study on the possibility of introducing an aptitude or cognitive test for senior drivers.

They (senior drivers) should only be allowed to renew their licenses if they undergo a medical check-up and receive confirmation from a doctor that they are fit to drive, mentally and physically.

He cited developed countries such as the UK, Canada, Singapore and Australia, which have introduced similar tests. For example, senior drivers in Singapore who are over 65 years old must undergo an annual medical examination by a medical practitioner.

That proposal was met with public uproar. The Minister of Transport at the time, Wee Ka Siong, also spoke out against it, calling it discrimination:

Many drivers over the age of 70 demonstrate greater driving ability than younger drivers.

Simply denying an adult the means to drive or ride based on their age or based on isolated or anecdotal evidence is discriminatory.

As of July 2023, the Malaysia Transport Ministry and the Road Transport Department have not implemented, or even announced, any Fit To Drive test for senior drivers.

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Azisman Alias ​​PDRM

Fact #4: Senior Drivers Who Voluntarily Surrender Driver’s License

Ultimately, as long as senior drivers are not blacklisted for committing traffic violations, they can continue to renew driving licenses.

This fake news is similar to the viral claim in 2021 that senior drivers aged 70 and above must surrender their driver’s licenses to JPJ.

As explained by Wee Ka Siong, the Minister of Transport at the time, the Malaysia Road Transport Act 1987 leaves the responsibility on the driver to voluntarily surrender their driving license if their health is unsatisfactory and may endanger other road users.

In fact, Section 30 of the Road Transport Act 1987 leaves the responsibility on the driver to voluntarily surrender their driving license when they have an unsatisfactory health condition and may endanger other road users.

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