Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Medical Examination for Motorists Aged 65 Years and Above to Revalidate their Driving Licence

Published: 02 July 2024


Ms Poh Li San: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs regarding the medical examination for motorists aged 65 years and above to be certified fit-to-drive to revalidate their Singapore driving licence (a) whether the Singapore-registered medical practitioner can be granted access to the applicants' health information on the National Electronic Health Records for a better overview of their medical conditions; (b) whether the examinations can be made increasingly frequent for those aged above 75, 80 and 85 years old; and (c) whether the Ministry will consider limiting such examinations to appointed specialty clinics.


Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law:

1. Today, motorists aged 65 years and above must pass a medical examination and be certified fit-to-drive by a Singapore-registered medical practitioner, before they can revalidate their Singapore driving licence. Medical practitioners are not authorised to access National Electronic Health Records (NEHR) for this medical examination, as it is not one of the permitted uses. Access to NEHR is granted primarily for the purposes of providing direct patient care.

2. For Class 4, 4A and 5 driving licences, which are for heavy vehicles, motorists between the age of 65 and 75 must undergo a medical examination and a Proficiency Driving Test every year. Motorists above the age of 75 are not allowed to drive heavy vehicles. For the other classes of driving licence, motorists aged 65 and above must undergo a medical examination every three years. We are reviewing the frequency of medical examination, as suggested by the Member.

3. We do not intend to limit such medical examinations to specialty clinics, as the assessment does not require any special knowledge, skill or experience in any particular branch of medicine.