Driv­ing Li­cense Re­quire­ments Changed

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Due to the nu­mer­ous and still in­creas­ing car crashes in the Kur­dis­tani re­gion, govern­ment of­fi­cials have de­cided to ex­am­ine the cur­rent traf­fic laws and draw up amend­ments. Riz­gar Ali, one of the heads of the traf­fic po­lice in Kur­dis­tan, re­cently re­leased a state­ment to the me­dia con­cern­ing the new re­quire­ments for ob­tain­ing a driv­ing li­cense in Kur­dis­tan.

"We have pre­vi­ously asked the Min­istry of Health to make changes in terms of med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions for those who are try­ing to ob­tain a driver’s li­cense. Re­cently they have re­sponded to our re­quest. Ac­cord­ing to the amend­ment, three med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions will be nec­es­sary in­clud­ing check-ups for the eyes and body as well as a psy­cho­log­i­cal test. The mech­a­nism for these check-ups will be put in place by the Min­istry of Health and the rel­e­vant com­mit­tee."

The fol­low­ing con­trasts with the old traf­fic laws which re­quired any­one want­ing a driv­ing li­cense to get their eyes checked by an op­tometrist.

Spokesman Qadir Sadiq is­sued a state­ment say­ing that "KRG Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani is mon­i­tor­ing the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion care­fully and has asked the KRG’s Min­is­te­rial Coun­cil to amend the traf­fic law."

There are ob­vi­ously a lot of prob­lems with the cur­rent sys­tem which does not re­quire a phys­i­cal or men­tal ex­am­i­na­tion. With­out amend­ment, this sys­tem would lead to sev­eral sit­u­a­tions that could and most prob­a­bly would end up in au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dents.

H.G. Has­san

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