Assessing fitness to drive

Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task involving perception, judgement, adequate response time and appropriate physical capability. The driver must satisfy the vision, sensory, cognitive and musculoskeletal capabilities of safe driving. A range of medical conditions, disabilities and treatments may influence these driving prerequisites. Impairments may adversely affect driving ability, resulting in a crash causing death or injury.

All drivers are assessed against national standards set by Austroads Assessing Fitness to Drive (AFTD).

Fitness to drive is an important consideration for people with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities.

Examples of conditions that may affect safe driving include:

  • Vision and eye disorders
  • Blackouts
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Diabetes treated by medication
  • Dementia and cognitive impairment
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Neurological conditions
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Psychiatric conditions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance misuse

Important information and tips for completing this form are available in the Help section at the top-right of screen.

If you would like assistance with completing this form, the national medical standards for licensing or the VicRoads Medical Review process, please contact the VicRoads Medical Review team via email at: medicalreview@roads.vic.gov.au or call (03) 8391 3227 between 8AM and 5PM (Mon-Fri).

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