Last week, the Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) proposed for new restrictions when issuing driver’s licenses for senior citizens. The geniuses at Bukit Aman believe that old age-related illnesses are some of the causes for accidents on the road.
While it may be true to some extent, the lack of enforcement on those using their phones while behind the wheel, lack of enforcement towards drunk drivers, and rampant petty corruption in exchange for a get-out-of-jail-free card are even more dire issues leading to road accidents, in our opinion.
The Ministry of Transport has since clarified the matter through a report by Bernama and said it had not issued a directive for drivers 70 years old and above to return their licenses.
The Ministry said age is not a definitive factor to measure driving competency as accidents are caused by multiple factors; can’t believe this even needs mentioning.
The MOT even threw some statistics into the mix; where 80% of road accidents are caused by human errors, 13% due to vehicle failure and those caused by nature were below 10%.