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Older Qld drivers face more checks

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Elderly Queensland drivers will have to have annual medical checks if they want to stay on the road under laws that come into effect on Wednesday, among legislation changes for next year that will also include tattooists.

At present, motorists aged 75 or older must carry a medical certificate when driving.

The doctor’s certificate can be valid up to five years but legislative amendments that come into effect on January 1 mean certificates will be valid up to 12 months.

The amendment is designed to improve road safety and only applies to medical certificates issued from January 1, 2014.

Meanwhile, Queensland’s Office of Fair Trading is advising tattooists and owners of tattoo parlours to apply for a licence from January 6 when a new licensing scheme is introduced.

From July 1, 2014, it will be an offence to operate a tattoo business or work as a tattooist without a permit under Queensland’s Tattoo Parlours Act.

Members of criminal organisations such as bikie gangs, non-residents of Australia and under-18s cannot apply.

The laws were among a package of recent reforms targeting the state’s bikie gangs.