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2.2.10 Syncope

If an episode of syncope is vasovagal in nature with a clear-cut precipitating factor (such as venesection), and the situation is unlikely to occur while driving, the person may generally resume driving within 24 hours. With syncope due to other cardiovascular causes, an appropriate non-driving period should be advised (at least four weeks for private vehicle drivers and at least three months for commercial vehicle drivers), after which time their ongoing fitness to drive should be assessed. In cases where it is not possible to determine an episode of loss of consciousness is due to syncope or some other cause, refer to section 1.2.4 Blackouts of undetermined mechanism.