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3.3.6 Role of driver assessors and trainers

As previously described, a practical driver assessment (on- or off-road) may be required to assess the impact of injury, illness or the ageing process on driving skills including judgement, decision-making skills, observation and vehicle handling. Such assessments are particularly useful in borderline cases or where the impact on functionality is not clear. They should be conducted by suitably qualified assessors.

Advice regarding the availability and access to driver assessors is available from the local driver licensing authority and Occupational Therapy Australia (refer also to Appendix 10: Specialist driver assessors).

Recommendations following assessment may relate to licence status, the need for vehicle modifications, rehabilitation or retraining (refer to section 2.3.2 Driver rehabilitation) licence conditions or restrictions (refer to section 4.4 Conditional licences) and reassessment.

Driver training and rehabilitation providers have a role in supporting drivers to retain and regain skills as a result of injury or illness, and to adapt to vehicle modifications. Training may be conducted on-road or may be simulator- or computer-based.