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Medical Examinations Compulsory for School Bus Drivers

Department of Transport has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) aiming to strengthen cooperation between the two sides in the field of operational medical examinations of drivers that are now compulsory according to the new regulations for school transport in Abu Dhabi. Passing the medical examinations is now a basic requirement from individuals who wish to obtain a “school bus driver” license from Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters - Department of Vehicles and Drivers Licensing.

The medical examinations include the following:

  • The general consultant examination
  • Optometry (visual acuity and color vision)
  • Examining blood cells and antibodies to hepatitis C
  • Examining the level of Glucose in blood while fasting
  • Examining Hemoglobin A1c
  • Kidney Function Examinations
  • Measuring hearing and ECG

These examinations are required to guarantee that the applicant for the position is completely healthy and free from any medical conditions hindering him from safely and fully performing the profession like heart diseases, diabetes, mental or neurological disorders, or any skin diseases, along with insuring the driver’s capacity for good hearing and eyesight.

Specific procedures have been specified to carry on the drivers medical examinations as follows:

  • The applicant should be a UAE resident
  • Fill in the medical examination form
  • Book an appointment with the specified medical clinic before performing the examinations. Below are the contact details for booking an appointment:
    • Abu Dhabi – Al Madina Occupational Health Center: 00971.2.8114301
    • Al Ain – Disease Prevention and Screening Center: 00971.3.7627777
  • Bring in the passport when performing examinations

After passing the medical examinations, the certificate should be presented to the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters - Department of Vehicles and Drivers Licensing, in order to complete the procedures of issuing a school bus license.