Table of Contents

1.4 Content

This publication is presented in three parts.

Part A comprises general information including:

  • the principles of assessing fitness to drive
  • specific considerations including
    • the assessment of people with multiple medical conditions or age-related change
    • the management of temporary conditions, progressive disorders and undifferentiated illness
    • the effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs
    • the role of practical driver assessments and driver rehabilitation
  • the roles and responsibilities of drivers, licensing authorities and health professionals
  • what standards to apply (private or commercial) for particular driver classes
  • the application of conditional licences, and
  • the steps involved in assessing fitness to drive.

Part B comprises a series of chapters relating to relevant medical systems/diseases. The medical requirements for unconditional and conditional licences are summarised in a tabulated to differentiate between the requirements for private and commercial vehicle drivers. Additional information, including the rationale for the standards, as well as a general assessment and management considerations, is provided in the supporting text of each chapter.

Part C comprises further supporting information including:

  • regulatory requirements for driver assessment in each jurisdiction
  • guidance on forms for the examination process and reporting to the driver licensing authority
  • legislation relating to driver and health professional reporting of medical conditions
  • legislation relating to blood alcohol, seatbelt use, helmet use and alcohol interlocks, and
  • contacts for services relating to disabled parking and transport, occupational therapist assessments and driver licensing authorities.