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Assessing Fitness to Drive (AFTD) is a joint NTC and Austroads publication containing the nationally agreed medical standards for the purposes of drivers licensing.

Assessing Fitness to Drive

Assessing Fitness to Drive is a joint NTC and Austroads publication containing the nationally agreed medical standards for the purposes of drivers licensing.

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 will come into effect on 1 October 2016.

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.

 

Background

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: 1/9/2016