At RTOs, touts sell medical certificates for Rs 50
Ritwika Mitra, NEW DELHI, Aug 26, 2014,DHNS:

If you want to get a licence for driving a commercial vehicle, you could manage without a medical test.

Thanks to touts, quacks and doctors practising alternative medicine, you can get a fake medical certificate for Rs 100 outside regional transport offices (RTOs).Doctors’ associations in the city have now suggested that deputing doctors at the sites can resolve the problem.

It is mandatory for commercial vehicle drivers, learners above the age of 40 and those renewing licences to undergo a fitness test for colour blindness, deformity of limbs and auditory tests.

These are basic tests a person should undergo, so that lives on the city streets are not put at stake. But the ground scenario is quite different.

“While it is necessary for every driver to undergo a comprehensive medical test, certificates are available outside every transport office for Rs 50-Rs 100,” DMC member Dr Satish Lamba said

“Shops with boards screaming health certificates are available in abundance. As part of the Delhi Medical Council, we have repeatedly suggested that at least two doctors be appointed on contract at RTOs,” Dr Lamba added.

Doctors practising near RTOs said touts are running a racket that makes it easier for learners to get fake certificates.

Quacks and those practising alternative medicines like homeopathy or ayurveda are the ones benefitting from issuing these certificates.

“Quacks in the city are putting lives at risk as there is no monitoring. We have appealed several times to make it mandatory to depute doctors so that there is a clampdown on quacks,” chairperson of Delhi Medical Association’s anti-quackery cell Dr Anil Bansal said.

According to the guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI), only an allopathic doctor can issue fitness certificates.

“The MCI clearly mandates that legal certificates, including fitness certificate for driving, can only be signed by a registered medical practitioner, which means, an allopathic doctor,” said MCI ethics committee member Dr K K Aggarwal.

If found guilty of issuing fitness certificates, an illegal doctor can be jailed for a year or fined or can face both.

“Moreover, if a registered doctor is found issuing a certificate that is misleading or untrue, he faces suspension apart from criminal charges,” Dr Aggarwal said.

Issuing blank certificates is also common. “We received a case where a person was issued a blank health certificate with the stamp and signature. Anybody sitting with a chair and table outside these offices are issuing certificates,” DMC registrar Dr Girish Tyagi said.

“It is necessary that a person is examined properly for his eyesight, heart and lung conditions. But any attendant or unqualified doctor is giving out certificates these days,” he added. more  

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My sincere thanks to all friends who marked it 'helpful'. more  
Thanks RN Goel ji for taking the trouble. more  
I have gone through all the queries, remarks and suggestions of all above persons, who have narrated the facts about the system and legal requirement for the Medical Certificate. In fact, it is very cumbersome to obtain such a medical certificate, which has given rise to this illegal practice. Time is money and that is why the people need the services of an agent to get their job done quickly. Most of the accidents are caused by drunken driving and by the drivers, who do not sleep properly before driving is undertaken. Besides, a heavy vehicle needs distance to apply brakes, while the two wheeler drivers take a very sharp turn ahead the heavy vehicles without speculating the risk of such a sharp turn. Likewise, the pedestrians do not follow the rules of crossing the roads. There is hardly any accident, which might have occurred due to medical fitness of a driver as no driver shall ever take the risk of driving if he is not medically fit to drive. In view of the above, there is no need of such a medical certificate at all to get a driving licence as the R.T.O. himself takes the test of eyes and traffic signs in almost all the cases. more  
I have gone through all the queries, remarks and suggestions of all above persons, who have narrated the facts about the system and legal requirement for the Medical Certificate. In fact, it is very cumbersome to obtain such a medical certificate, which has given rise to this illegal practice. Time is money and that is why the people need the services of an agent to get their job done quickly. Most of the accidents are caused by drunken driving and by the drivers, who do not sleep properly before driving is undertaken. Besides, a heavy vehicle needs distance to apply brakes, while the two wheeler drivers take a very sharp turn ahead the heavy vehicles without speculating the risk of such a sharp turn. Likewise, the pedestrians do not follow the rules of crossing the roads. There is hardly any accident, which might have occurred due to medical fitness of a driver as no driver shall ever take the risk of driving if he is not medically fit to drive. In view of the above, there is no need of such a medical certificate at all to get a driving licence as the R.T.O. himself takes the test of eyes and traffic signs in almost all the cases. more  
Thanks Satyarth ji. more  
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