Assessing Fitness to Drive
Note - the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Austroads have been advised of an issue with the medical criteria for drivers with repaired thoracic or abdominal aneurysms. To quickly resolve this issue, the NTC wrote to state and territory driver licensing authorities on 9 May 2017 asking them to consider applying the previous guidelines for repaired thoracic and abdominal aneurysms, in consultation each driver’s medical specialists. The NTC also asked them to continue applying the current guidelines for unrepaired aneurysms.
The NTC and Austroads will also seek to clarify the current guidelines as soon as possible and have begun consulting with the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery on formally removing any unintended consequences.
Its primary purpose is to increase road safety in Australia by assisting health professionals to:
- assess the fitness of their patients to drive
- promote responsible behaviour in their patients
- conduct medical examinations for licensing drivers as required by licensing authorities
- provide information to inform conditional licence decisions.
The standards apply to private and commercial drivers of heavy vehicles, light vehicles and motorbikes.
The NTC reviews the medical standards contained in Assessing Fitness to Drive every three years. The most recent review was completed in 2016.
The 2016 revisions to the standards were nationally endorsed by all Australian transport and infrastructure ministers in June 2016 and came into effect on 1 October 2016. A summary of the changes in the new edition and other support materials are also available on the Austroads website.
Drivers or health professionals with any enquiries about how the updated standards may affect them should contact the relevant driver licensing authority in their state or territory.
Austroads is responsible for publication and distribution of Assessing Fitness to Drive. To download a PDF of the updated Assessing Fitness to Drive or to purchase a hard copy, please visit the Austroads website.
Assessing Fitness to Drive was developed by the NTC and Austroads in consultation with medical professionals, driver licensing authorities, industry representatives and consumer health groups.
Health professionals use Assessing Fitness to Drive to advise driver licensing authorities about how their patients’ health and medical conditions might affect their ability to drive. The driver licensing authority considers this advice in their decision about an individual’s licence status.
If you have any queries relating to the use of Assessing Fitness to Drive, please contact the relevant state or territory road transport agency.
Find a copy
To obtain a copy of Assessing Fitness to Drive, please go to the Austroads website.Last Updated: 13/6/2017