Doctors 'giving fitness certs without examining drivers'

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Doctors 'giving fitness certs without examining drivers'

Postby admin » Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:15 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Doctors have been accused of issuing physical fitness certificates to commercial vehicle drivers without examining them.

While refusing to reveal details, Transport Minister Da-tuk Ong Tee Keat confirmed the problem existed as his officers had gone undercover to check on the complaints.

"We cannot wait until the problem is rampant. We must take the bull by its horns," Ong said after officiating the Sweden-Malaysia International Road Safety Seminar at a hotel here yesterday.

All commercial vehicle drivers must undergo a medical examination as a prerequisite to renew the class E licence annually.

Random investigations revealed that most cases involved clinics and runners.

Ong also said that his ministry was revising the eKesihatan scheme. The system, proposed last year, was supposed to allow the annual health checks of commercial vehicle drivers to be electronically submitted to the Road Transport Department.

However, it was criticised by doctors, taxi and bus operators who claimed that the scheme was a money-making operation.

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