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Medically fit elderly can drive

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, February 07, 2014

PEOPLE at the age of 80 and 90 can still drive vehicles provided they have a medical certificate to certify they are medically fit.

LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva clarified this yesterday following concerns raised in relation to the death of a four-year-old girl after she was struck by a man in his 80s on Varani St in Suva last Sunday.

"The way the law is placed there is not really a cut off age," Mr Tuinaceva said.

"This law is mentioned in the legislation."

He said they could renew licences for 70-year-old people given they were medically fit, adding the Varani St accident was unfortunate.

Mr Tuinaceva said a lot of unnecessary issues were made following the incident.

The student, Georgina Work, a preschool student of Twinkle Stars Preschool and Daycare Services died instantly after being struck by the car.

Georgina's parents and elder sister who were also involved in the incident were rushed to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

Her parents are now at the Acute Ward while her six-year-old sister is under observation at the Intensive Care Unit.

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