The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is introducing medical testing procedures for motorists aged 65 and over who wish to renew their driver licenses.

Beginning September 1, 2017, drivers in this age group will be required to undergo medical screening at a hospital or clinic approved by the RTA.

“The introduction of this initiative stems from the keenness of the RTA to achieve the highest traffic safety levels for road users at top-class international standards,” said Jamal Assada, Director of Drivers Licensing at RTA’s Licensing Agency. “The implementation of this procedure will start as of 1st September this year for motorists aged 65 and above. The test is intended to verify if motorists are free from diseases that may impact their driving abilities to the extent of posing risks to road users.”

The validity of the renewed driver license will be three years instead of 10 years. A list of approved hospitals and clinics will be available on the RTA website.