Driving a car is a complex task which requires good vision, judgement, perception and physical abilities. Some drivers may need to have their fitness to drive assessed by VicRoads Medical Review.
VicRoads is responsible for ensuring that all drivers are fit to drive. There are many medical conditions, or combination of conditions, injuries and medical treatments that could affect a driver’s ability to drive safely.
The Assessing Fitness to Drive for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers Standards is used by health professionals and VicRoads outlining the requirements for safe driving.
The following frequently asked questions provide helpful advice about your rights and responsibilities when VicRoads asks you to provide a medical report.
What are my obligations
You must notify VicRoads if you have or develop, a serious or chronic medical condition, disability, illness, or injury that could affect your ability to drive safely. You also must notify VicRoads if your driving could be affected by medical treatment.
If you drive with a medical condition or disability that impairs your driving, you are putting yourself and other road users at risk. Your insurance coverage could also be affected.
Why has VicRoads asked for a medical reports?
VicRoads has been provided with information that indicates your ability to drive safely is a concern. As Victoria’s Driver Licensing Authority, VicRoads has a responsibility to investigate all concerns raised. This is why you have been asked to provide a medical report from a doctor who is familiar with your medical history.
What gives VicRoads the right to ask for a medical report?
VicRoads is responsible for making sure all driver licence/learner permit holders can drive safely. The Road Safety Act 1986 allows VicRoads to ask any driver licence/learner permit holder, including those with the authority to drive on an interstate driver licence/learner permit or overseas driver licence, to provide medical and other reports and also to test their driving skills.
I have a good driving record, why is VicRoads questioning my driving?
While your driving in the past may have been good, VicRoads has recently received information about your fitness to drive safely.
Who pays for the report?
You are responsible for the costs of all medical reports. You may contact Medicare to discuss if you can make a claim for the cost of medical consultations.
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