What can impair fitness to drive?

Driving, or being in charge of a vehicle when under the influence (including any side-effect) of a drug affecting fitness to drive, is an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988. This applies to legal and illegal drugs. Police can stop drivers to check levels of alcohol, cannabis and cocaine.

What is a fitness to drive medical?

Commercial driver medicals Taxi drivers, public transport drivers, couriers and truck drivers are all required to undergo Fitness To Drive medicals. This assessment identifies any health conditions and treatments that may harm a driver’s sensory, cognitive, or motor function whilst driving.

Which Organisation provides guidance to doctors on medical standards of patients fitness to drive?

the DVLA’s
Assessing a patient’s fitness to drive You should: refer to the DVLA’s guidance Assessing fitness to drive – a guide for medical professionals,4 which includes information about disorders and conditions that can impair a patient’s fitness to drive.

Who decides if you are fit to drive?

The DVLA
The DVLA is legally responsible for deciding if a person is medically unfit to drive. The Agency needs to know when driving licence holders have a condition that may now, or in the future, affect their safety as a driver. 2.

Can you drive after a fit?

Your licence will be taken away. You can reapply if you haven’t had a seizure for at least a year. If you had a seizure because your doctor changed or reduced your anti-epilepsy medicine, you can reapply when: the seizure was more than 6 months ago.

Can a doctor stop you driving?

As things stand, doctors have a duty to tell the patient if they feel they should stop driving or inform the DVLA. The onus is on the patient to pass the information on. But if the patient doesn’t accept this, you offer them a second opinion.

Can my doctor stop me driving?

As things stand, doctors have a duty to tell the patient if they feel they should stop driving or inform the DVLA. The onus is on the patient to pass the information on. But it does spell out the duty of every doctor to put public safety above patient confidentiality if there is a clear conflict.

Can GP stop me driving?

Are there medical standards for fitness to drive?

It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Details These are medical standards of fitness to drive for medical professionals. This guidance is also available as HTMLand is usually updated every 6 months. It has replaced the medical at a glance. If you are not a medical professional, view health conditions and driving.

How to assess a patient’s fitness to drive?

Advice for medical professionals to follow when assessing a patient’s fitness to drive. Ref: MIS828 PDF, 5.19MB, 135 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

What are medical standards for drivers-vehicles at work?

Always consult At a Glance if you have any doubt about an individual’s fitness to operate workplace transport. It lists separate medical standards for: Group 2 (heavy goods vehicle (HSV) and public service vehicle (PSV) licence holders). You should always judge a person’s fitness for operating a vehicle on a case-by-case basis.

Where can I get medical advice on driving?

For further advice, contact: The Medical Adviser, Drivers Medical Group, DVLA, Longview Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA99 1TU. Tel: 01792 782337. Email: [email protected] Adapted from: For medical practitioners. At a glance guide to the current medical standards of fitness to drive. Drivers Medical Group, DVLA, Swansea (updated August 2018).