23rd March, 2020
Suspension of requirement for over 70’s (except those with an identified or specified illness) to provide medical report when applying for a driving licence
In light of the need to facilitate social distancing and the expected additional burdens on medical services from Covid-19, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has decided that the requirement for those over 70 (under certain circumstance) to provide a medical report shall be removed at this time.
Minister Ross said: “This means that from today until 31 July 2020, persons of 70 years of age or over can apply for, and renew, their driving licence in the normal way through the NDLS public office without the need to submit a medical report. This is only on the basis that they do not have an identified or specified illness.
I would also like to take this opportunity to ask all motorists, not just those aged 70 or over, to take the utmost care while driving. In these challenging times it can be all too easy to be distracted on the road. Take care. Stay apart. Stay safe.”
Note to Editor:
The Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 537 of 2006) as amended, in regulation 41, provide for certain persons to provide a medical report when applying for a driving licence or a learner permit. Subsection (d) requires all persons 70 years of age or more to comply with the requirement to provide a medical report.