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Medical fitness to drive

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

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.

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.

Assessments of fitness to drive

An assessment of fitness to drive is conducted by your health professional using the National Assessing Fitness to Drive guidelines.  Go to the Austroads website for information on the National Assessing Fitness to Drive guidelines.

You should respond truthfully to questions from your examining health professional regarding your health status and the likely impact on your driving ability.

If you are asked to be assessed, this does not mean that you will automatically lose your licence.

Many drivers with medical conditions are allowed to keep driving with specific conditions added to their licence.

Read more on medical fitness to drive and fitness assessments.

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Last updated: 04 February 2019


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