KUALA LUMPUR: Vocational licence holders face may have their licences for public transport and goods withdrawn, if found guilty of falsifying medical examination records, said Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad.
He said forgery of medical certificates in vocational licence application forms for Goods Vehicle Driving Licence (GDL), Public Service Vehicle (PSV) and conductors should not be compromised, because drivers who are not healthy or suffered from a disease would pose a danger to other road users.
“Their driving licences can be withdrawn. The driver must be certified ‘fit’ and competent as they need to be on the road for long periods. Therefore, one of the eligibility requirements to apply for a licence for driving public and goods vehicles is to pass a medical examination,” he said when contacted by Bernama here, Thursday.
Ismail said doctors conducting medical examinations of individuals also need to be responsible and honest in certifying a medical report.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Ashok Philip said doctors assigned to conduct health checks should abide by the medical ethics, as falsifying medical reports of an individual or patient is against the law.
“This falsification should not happen. The doctor assigned (to conduct medical checkup) is supposed to comply with the law and not sign any document prior to determining the health-level of any individual.
“If a person is not ‘fit’ and has had health problems such as a stroke, they will face risks, such as road accidents,” he said.
He said medical records were important especially for individuals who wished to apply for a public service vehicles and goods driver’s license, and they are also required to undergo health screenings such as eye examinations to determine their eyesight and recognition of colours.
Meanwhile, KPJ Ipoh medical officer Dr Azuraine Anor opined that falsifying any medical report or certificate by a doctor was unethical.
“If you look at the case of road accidents in the country, most of them involve heavy transport vehicles, therefore the health of the drivers need to be considered,” she said.