The changes of the DGT in the medical examinations to renew the driver’s license

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Citizens who want to get a driver’s license for the first time or drivers who want to renew their accreditation must undergo a medical examination. This has been established for years by the
General Directorate of Traffic (DGT)which obliges those who want to get a driver’s license to take a psychotechnical test in the
Driver Recognition Centers (KRK).

This test consists of an examination that is carried out by doctors, psychologists and ophthalmologists with the intention
prevent potential road hazards by enabling circulation. To do this, they use the driver’s medical history, conduct a psychophysical examination of the driver, and other external reports that make it possible to determine whether the driver suffers from an alteration or disease that prevents driving.

However, the scale of this protocol was changed only a few months ago (since summer 2022), replacing that of 2007, which was in force until now. For example, Traffic tries to unite the criteria of the professionals who work in the CRC, in addition to setting the limits to give a driver the green light.

But how does the new medical examination by the DGT come about for obtaining or extending the driving license from this year 2022? Here’s what you need to know about the new criteria of this psychotechnical test.

The amendment to this regulation for obtaining a driving license replaces the guide drawn up in 2007. This update aims to “provide a new approach aimed at facilitating the work of screening, providing criteria and cut-off points to simplify decision making. to the preventive advice”.

According to Enrique Mirabet, a physician at a Driver Recognition Center, the implementation of this new protocol seeks to “improve the criteria and tools used in CRCs.” The intention is
unite the principles in assessing the psychophysical predisposition of drivers. Thus this expert reminded that the new medical and automotive advances the
criteria for traffic risksmaking driving safer in health situations where it was previously “prohibitive”.

Thus, these observations by medical professionals will now include the following aspects: general history, observation of the applicant (physical appearance, cleanliness, gait, use of assistive devices…), risk perception, collection of personal data and basic research (vision, audition , cardiovascular, psychological…).

In addition, the new protocol makes it possible to create formulas for calculating indices, cut-off points for criteria,
driving restrictions or using disability-based restriction codes. It also includes the various modifications that can be incorporated into a vehicle, prostheses and ancillary elements to accommodate the driver’s limitations, both temporary and permanent.

As determined by Traffic, the
driver’s license renewals they are required every 10 years until age 65. After this period, this figure begins to decrease to 5 years and, once the age of 70 is reached, it becomes two years.

However, unlike when we first get our card, there is no need to re-examine ourselves. You only have to pay a fee of 24.58 euros (those over 70 are exempt from payment) and the prescribed medical examination, which must also be passed. It is possible to renew both in person, at a driver recognition center, a traffic headquarters or office, or via the internet.

Source: La Verdad

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