Driving License Requirements Changed
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.