LTO removes Periodic Medical Exam requirement for those with driver’s license

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HOLDERS of driver’s license with either 5-year or 10-year validity will no longer be required by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to undergo the prescribed Periodic Medical Examination (PME).

This came about following the directive issued by LTO Chief Jay Art Tugade to amend LTO Memorandum Circular 2021-2285 or the “Supplemental Implementing Rules and Regulations” of Republic Act 10930.

Under the memorandum, aside from the regular medical examination as a requirement for application of a new or renewal of a driver’s license, those issued with a 5-year or 10-year valid driver’s license must undergo a PME.

In the prevailing guidelines, for those with a driver’s license that carry a five-year validity, a PME is conducted on the third year of the date of birth after the license was issued. On the other hand, for those with a driver’s license that is valid for 10 years, the PME is conducted on the fourth year and seventh year of the date of birth after the license was issued.

But according to LTO Chief Tugade, the agency deemed it wise to waive the PME requirement based on various studies, data collected, and consultations that the Agency conducted.

Data also showed that failure to undergo the required PME is not included among causes of road crashes.

“There’s no empirical data saying that the periodic medical examination could prevent road crashes,” according to LTO Chief Tugade.

For this reason, under the amended circular, the mandatory medical examination will now be a requirement only before applying for, and during the renewal, of a driver’s license.

“For licensees who will be issued a 5-year validity driver’s license and 10-year validity driver’s license, the medical examination shall only be required sixty (60) days prior to or on the specified renewal date,” the memorandum of LTO Chief Tugade stated.

For Filipino driver’s license holders who are working or are living abroad, they will be required to undergo a medical examination within 30 days upon their arrival in the Philippines before they are allowed to drive in the country.

“Kami sa LTO ay naniniwala na ang hakbang na ito ay magdudulot ng bahagyang ginhawa sa publiko dahil bukod sa hindi na sila kailangang gumastos ng paulit-ulit para sa medical examinations, maiiwasan din ang dagdag-abala lalo na sa mga mahahalaga ang oras para sa trabaho. Nasa pagkukusa na lang ngayon ng bawat indibidwal kung nanaisin nilang sumalang sa medical examination,” Tugade said.

Catherine R. Cueto

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