The include a link to their source, the Dept of Land Transport's (DLT) Facebook page. The announcement on that page is in Thai. Using the translate feature it appears that medical certificate(s) will be required - a 2 part Certificate:
https://www.facebook.com/PR.DLT.NEWS/po ... 6662744149There are two parts of the health certification and the medical examination section must be. It is shown that person has no congenital disease or condition of disease that the medical professionals see may be dangerous while driving
The translation has no mention of any requirement for the certificate to purchase a vehicle.
A year or so ago when a Thai school teacher or maybe principal had an epileptic seizure and ran his car into some children, there was an announcement then of requiring a 2nd medical certification - I recall seeing the proposed form, but apparently didn't keep a copy or can't find where i saved (buried) it. That form did include epilepsy, heart disease, and I think diabetes on the list. What wasn't clear then or now is whether a doctor can certify one is able to drive if any of those conditions are controlled by medication.
If anyone obtains a copy and/or goes through the new process, it would be helpful if they could post their experience and a copy of the Certificate required (part 1 is most likely the current medical certificate which previously was required for a new 2 year license and the first 5 year license - but not for renewals of the 5 year license). That one was a bit of a joke since you could obtain it from almost any medical clinic for 100 to 150 baht, often with no examination - just say you needed it, pay your money, and leave with the certificate in hand. It was also kind of meaningless as it listed only certain communicable diseases and alcoholism - the latter being the only item that might have a bearing on one's driving ability (doctor, are you an alcoholic? answer, no I'm not, okay here is your certificate ).