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Medical test application to go online

Driving licence applicants will be able to make online arrangements with the National Transport Medical Institute for their medical tests soon.

Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga directed National Transport Medical Institute authorities to make this facility available to driving licence applicants without delay, when he presided over a progress review meeting of the institute at the Ministry auditorium, yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Ranatunga said provision of this online facility would help applicants to overcome the hassle of standing in long queries to submit themselves for medical tests.

This facility was available today in most foreign countries, he said.

On March 21, 2013, the National Transport Medical Institute was given the sole authority to conduct medical tests for driving licence applicants. Since then, the number of such applicants had increased by 3.67 percent, resulting in an increase in the institute’s income by 11.28 percent.

The Minister said the institute’s activities should be further widened to provide the maximum possible service and facilities to driving licence applicants.

This could be done by setting up more medical examination centres in the 25 branch offices of the institute.

Nearly 80,000 people had applied for medical tests to obtain driving licences in January 2019 and 10–12 percent of them (9,686) had failed the medical tests.

Fifty-three percent of candidates had vision problems, while 10.08 percent had high blood pressure, it was revealed at this meeting.

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