Transport (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1971

Medical examinations for locomotive driving.

29.—(1) Locomotive drivers and persons whom the Board wishes to train as locomotive drivers shall be medically examined from time to time in accordance with regulations made by the Minister on the application of the Board and after consultation with the trade unions representative of such drivers and persons.

(2) (a) A person shall not be trained to drive a locomotive nor retained in the employment of the Board as a locomotive driver if, in the opinion of the Chief Medical Officer, the results of a medical examination carried out pursuant to regulations made by the Minister under this section show that the health or eyesight of the person is below the standard considered from time to time by the Chief Medical Officer to be requisite for a locomotive driver.

(b) The standard for eyesight referred to in paragraph (a) may be set out in the regulations under subsection (1).

(3) In this section “the Chief Medical Officer” means the person who for the time being is the Chief Medical Officer of the Board and includes any other medical doctor for the time being or from time to time acting in place of or in substitution for the Chief Medical Officer.

(4) This section shall not apply to persons—

(a) who were employed as locomotive drivers by the Board before the 4th day of October, 1968, or

(b) who were being trained to drive locomotives by the Board before that date.