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A review of the medical standards that apply to Australia’s vehicle drivers and rail safety workers will make sure they reflect current medical knowledge and way people use our road and rail networks.

NTC to review the medical standards that apply to drivers and rail safety workers

24 October 2014

A review of the medical standards that apply to Australia’s vehicle drivers and rail safety workers will make sure they reflect current medical knowledge and way people use our road and rail networks.

CEO of the NTC Paul Retter said by reviewing the Assessing Fitness to Drive Guidelines and the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers, the NTC would help to ensure that the people that used Australia’s road and rail transport networks were safe to do so.

He said the standards were last reviewed in 2012 and it was time to investigate whether they could be improved.

Stakeholders may be interested in reading more about the review, including an issues paper released today here.

“We regularly review the medical standards to make sure they are up to date with the latest medical evidence and reflect the needs of drivers and safety workers,” Mr Retter said.

“This review will measure and analyse any risks that people with certain medical conditions might pose to the safety of our transport networks, but it will be a balanced approach that takes people’s transport needs into consideration.

“We think the current guidelines are working well but it pays to check that view against the latest evidence, particularly when community safety could be affected.”

Mr Retter said the NTC would seek feedback from a range of stakeholders next year to assess the need for or impact of any changes to the standards.

The NTC is currently tendering for interested parties to help conduct this review.  In particular the NTC is looking for a consultant with medical expertise who can help liaise with identified stakeholders. More information about the tender is available here.

 

Last Updated: 18/11/2016