DGT: these are the diseases with which you will not be able to renew your driving license

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The General Directorate of Traffic has already renewed the validity periods of the driving license, a regulation that It mainly affects people over 65 years of age. Beyond the validity periods of the driving license, the agency dependent on the Ministry of the Interior also has added diseases that would force drivers who suffer from them to carry out greater controls and even prevent them from obtaining or renewing their license to be able to drive a vehicle within Spain.

The General Directorate of Traffic, within its strategy of limiting accidents on the roads as much as possiblehas prepared a list of pathologies and diseases that represent a complete incompatibility with tasks related to driving.

In this way, patients who suffer from these ailments or diseases will not be able to get behind the wheel, so they will not be able to get their license or renew it, unless they have a medical report that certifies their ability to drive.

Among the diseases that prevent driving are psychological, neurological, endocrine, digestive, respiratory, oncological, chronic, cardiac and degenerative ailments.

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Despite the ban, many drivers sometimes continue to use the vehicle, which can pose a significant risk to their health and to other road users. For this reason, the General Directorate of Traffic reminds drivers that the law provides for these cases and that violators could face fines that could reach up to 6,000 euros

In Spain, as established by current regulations, there is no age limit to drive, however, to obtain the permit it is necessary to be of legal age, although in some cases, at 16 years of age, it is possible to drive. Despite there being no maximum age for driving, the General Directorate of Traffic is aware that after the age of 65 some abilities, such as reflexes, deteriorate, for this reason the public entity has opted to increase the frequency of driving. with which these people must renew their driving license.

Therefore, with the current regulation, the maximum validity of the permits AM, A1, A2, A and B They will be 5 years. That is, car, motorcycle and motorcycle licenses. In the case of driving professionals, these licenses must be renewed every three years. They are the permissions C, C1, D, D1, EC, EC1, ED and ED1are those corresponding to bus or truck licenses.

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This decision to increase controls on these people due to their age occurs, as explained by the General direction of traffic, to the high mortality in accidents of this population group. As statistics reveal, 30% of fatalities in traffic accidents on the road network of the European Union are over 65 years of age.

Experts point out that older people are the ones most likely to suffer from some type of ailment or disease, this is the reason why greater controls are imposed on this part of the population. Thus, the General Directorate of Traffic recommends that it would be positive that, although it is not mandatorythe general population is regularly subjected to controls in order to reduce accidents on Spanish roads.

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