Age limit for heavy vehicle drivers raised from 70 to 75

The age limit for drivers of heavy vehicles will be raised from 70 to 75 from Jan 1 next year.
The age limit for drivers of heavy vehicles will be raised from 70 to 75 from Jan 1 next year.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

SINGAPORE - Motorists who drive heavy vehicles such as cranes, buses and container trucks can continue doing so until they turn 75, as long as the Traffic Police deem them fit to do so.

Previously, the age ceiling was 70, but Traffic Police said on Monday (Dec 21) that this regulation has been reviewed and changed.

This was changed after the authorities did overseas benchmarking, consulted medical practitioners as well as assessed the driving competency of senior drivers.

The change will take effect on Jan 1, 2016.

With the revision, heavy vehicle drivers aged 70 to 74  can retain their Class 4, 4A and 5 licences if they pass an annual enhanced medical examination and a proficiency driving test.

For heavy vehicle drivers aged 65 to 69, the current requirement remains unchanged. They need to pass an annual medical examination and a proficiency driving test conducted by the Traffic Police.

Singapore Transport Association chairman Dave Ng said the change will be good for his industry, which has had difficulties recruiting.

"It's good to be able to retain the number of people we have for a longer time... while we try to attract fresh blood," he said.

awcw@sph.com.sg