Commercial drivers medical

Konekt provide commercial drivers medicals to assess your workers’ fitness to drive.

Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task requiring good vision, physical ability and cognitive capacity

Driving a heavy vehicle or driving for commercial activity, is particularly demanding, with more time spent on the road, the demands of the vehicle size and the responsibilities for passenger safety, just to name a few.

The impact of heavy vehicle crashes on other road users and the environment can also be considerable.

So good health and fitness to drive is not only essential for road safety, but a higher standard of health is required to safely operate a commercial or heavy vehicle, including public passenger vehicles.

The licensing requirements as well as the broader heavy vehicle legislation and accreditation programs reflect these health requirements. All these programs aim to support you in staying healthy and safe to drive.

Assessing fitness to drive

Driver health and fitness to drive is an important factor in supporting the safety of everyone who uses our roads.

The national driver medical standards Assessing Fitness to Drive (AFTD) set out the considerations and medical criteria for safe driving.

They also guide our management of drivers with health conditions so they can keep driving for as long as it’s safe.

We use these standards to assess and manage any health conditions that may affect your ability to drive safely.

These assessments may also be part of employer work health and safety programs or industry accreditation schemes.

What are we assessing for?

There is a range of medical conditions, disabilities and treatments that can adversely affect driving ability, possibly resulting in a crash causing death or injury.

Assessing Fitness to Drive’s primary purpose is to increase road safety in Australia by assisting us to:

  • assess the fitness to drive of clients in a consistent and appropriate manner based on current medical evidence
  • promote the responsible behaviour of clients, with regard to their medical fitness
  • conduct medical examinations for the licensing of drivers as required by state and territory driver licensing authorities
  • provide information to inform decisions on conditional licences
  • recognise the extent and limits of their professional and legal obligations with respect to reporting fitness to drive.

Using these standards ensures the fitness to drive of each patient is assessed in a consistent manner.

Some of the conditions that can commonly affect driving include:

  • Blackouts
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hearing loss and deafness
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • Psychiatric conditions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Substance misuse
  • Vision and eye disorders

Considerations for commercial vehicle licensing

Assessing fitness to drive standards for commercial vehicle drivers allow for differences in risk of different drivers.

For example, a farmer requiring a commercial vehicle licence for the occasional use of a heavy vehicle on their own property is very different to that of an interstate multiple combination vehicle driver.

This is something we bear in mind when examining a client and when providing advice to the driver licensing authority.

To learn more about Konekt’s commercial drivers medical please contact us.

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