The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, announced at the end of last week that the cancer right to be forgotten will become a reality next July. In a meeting that he held in Seville with associations of patients, before his first meeting of the electoral campaign of 28-M, Sánchez promised to promote the measure by fast track to put an end to the discrimination suffered by cancer patients to take out a mortgage or take out insurance.
This Monday, in a new campaign act in Vitoria, Sánchez added a nuance when referring to the right to be forgotten. The Prime Minister stressed that the legislative initiative on the right to be forgotten will also have an impact on the deadlines for renewing the driver's license. Currently, people with a history of cancer have to extend the validity of their license every three years instead of doing it like other drivers: every ten years until age 65 and then every five.
The Government -Sánchez announced- is going to eliminate this three-year discrimination, and it is going to make it a reality this week through a ministerial order that does not need to go through Parliament. In this way, from then on, people who have overcome cancer will have to renew their driving license based on their age, like other drivers.
Oncological diseases are part of the conditions that the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) takes into account when renewing the driver's license. Traffic considers that there are a series of conditions that the people who suffer from them can compromise their own safety and that of other drivers. For this reason, if the motorist suffers from any of the diseases managed by the DGT, he must present a medical report from a specialist that guarantees his state of health.
The current regulations include different periods of validity of the card for people who have suffered from oncological diseases. Only drivers who have overcome cancer more than a decade ago can renew their license for a period of 10 years, providing a favorable report issued by an accredited Driver Recognition Center (CRC).
The rest of cancer patients, today, can extend the permit for only three years, except for those who have suffered oncological disorders with serious alterations in the last 3 months or without a favorable report. In their case, they are declared unfit and therefore cannot get behind the wheel.
In addition to oncological diseases, the DGT also restricts the conditions for obtaining or renewing a driver's license for people who suffer from certain conditions. The main diseases that, according to Traffic, can limit the ability to drive are the following: cardiac, vascular, endocrine, psychiatric, neurological, digestive, respiratory and chronic and degenerative.
People who present any of these alterations must present a favorable report from the specialist doctor to carry out the renewal of the card. Driving with this expired document is considered a serious infraction that entails a fine of 200 euros, although it does not imply the loss of points.