Medical fitness to drive

Introduction

Drivers with a medical condition or disability

Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task involving perception, appropriate judgement, adequate response time and appropriate physical capability.

All drivers must meet medical standards relevant to the class of licence you hold.

A range of medical conditions, disabilities and treatments may adversely affect your driving ability, possibly resulting in a crash that may cause injury or death.

Medical standards for drivers are set out in the Assessing Fitness to Drive publication on the Austroads website.

You must declare (usually through a medical self-assessment) any medical condition that may affect your ability to drive.  You may require an assessment of fitness to drive.

Temporary or permanent medical conditions can lead to a licence suspension. A licence suspended for medical reasons can be reinstated once the health standard has been regained.

In reality, few conditions stop the re-issue of a driver licence.

If you have any questions about medical fitness to hold a driver licence, contact the MVR on 1300 654 628 or ask your health professional for advice.

Health professional obligations

Under the Northern Territory (NT) Motor Vehicles Act 1949, all NT health professionals must notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles when they reasonably believe that a person they have examined is:

  • physically or mentally incapable of driving
  • unfit to drive a vehicle.

For more information read health professional obligations: fitness to drive.

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Last updated: 20 July 2017

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