The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun State on Wednesday said applicants seeking the new commercial driving licence in the state must undergo medical tests for various ailments, including epilepsy.
It added that applicants for the Class D licence for Commercial Drivers would under a medical test at any of the Federal Government hospitals to ascertain their sugar level and high blood pressure.
The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr. Ayobami Omiyale, stated this during the inauguration of the commercial driving licence at Ita Oshin Motor Park in Abeokuta.
Omiyale said he was optimistic that the medical test would help in reducing road accidents in the state.
The introduction of the special licence for commercial drivers, he said, became imperative following their frequent involvement in road crashes.
He said, "In 2011, Nigeria recorded 41, 715 crashes and Ogun State accounted for 20 per cent of that figure, is that not alarming? We have observed that commercial drivers record more accidents because they have no time to take care of their vehicles and as well as their health. You will hardly find a commercial driver using recommended eyeglasses; does it mean that they all have good sights?
"A driver with bad eyes and other health challenges will surely drive astray and the result is accident. Some commercial drivers have high blood pressure without knowing it.
"One of the guidelines for the issuance of the new licence will make them to undergo a comprehensive health check at a Federal Government Hospital before they can get it.
"The test will include test of sugar and blood pressure, eyes, ear as well as epilepsy.
"Intending drivers must pass these tests and if they fail any, they would be placed on drugs, and this will enable us to control a lot of road crashes."
Omiyale stressed that a driver must observe at least eight hours of rest before embarking on a long distance journey, adding that he must also obey all traffic rules and regulations.
He warned that prosecution awaited any driver who failed to obtain the new commercial licence by October this year.
The representative of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Adetunji Odunfa, commended the FRSC for the initiative.