Fitness to drive - Information for Health Professionals
In Tasmania drivers are required to declare any medical condition that may impact on their ability to hold a driver licence.
Having a medical condition does not mean a person is ineligible to hold a licence. However it does mean the Registrar of Motor Vehicles (RMV) may request the licence holder (or licence applicant) to undertake a Medical Fitness to Drive Assessment (MFDA) with a Health Professional (eg medical practitioner both GP or specialist, occupational therapist, optometrist etc.). The RMV will rely on the advice you provide in these assessments to make an informed decision, taking into account all aspects of driving.
It is important for Health Professionals to be aware that the decision to suspend or cancel a person’s drivers licence is the RMV’s. However in making such a decision, the RMV will consider a range of information and reports provided by health professionals, police, members of the public, as well as crash involvement and driving history.
Licence holders are required to have a medical fitness to drive assessment if:
- they have certain medical conditions
- they are a commercial driver and or hold an Ancillary Certificate, or
- the Registrar has concerns regarding their eligibility to hold a licence.
Patients presenting for a MFDA should be assessed according to the Assessing Fitness to Drive for commercial and private vehicle drivers Guidelines. The Assessing Fitness to Drive Guidelines are recognised by all driver licensing authorities in Australia. The RMV relies on the advice you provide and takes other aspects of driving into account regarding eligibility. The guidelines also support the health professional to have a conversation with their patients around their fitness to drive.
The primary purpose of this publication is to increase road safety in Australia by helping health professionals assess a person’s medical fitness to drive in a consistent and appropriate manner based on current medical evidence.
The latest version (October 2016) of the Guidelines is available for purchase or can be downloaded from the Austroads website.
The site also contains useful information to assist with assessing medical fitness to drive at the commercial and private standards and useful tips for drivers and their families when driving is becoming a safety concern.
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