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Assessing Fitness to Drive Guidelines 2012, and New Certificates

UPDATE: Fitness to drive - 2013 forms are being revised in response to feedback

Members will be aware of the angst caused by the recently revised fitness to drive forms, which were poorly designed and time-consuming to complete. In response to our concerns, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is implementing a new interim fitness to drive form. The interim form is notably improved as a result of AMA(SA) feedback on behalf of members, and there is the opportunity for further improvements. You can view a copy of the form from the link below. This form is intended as a general medical and eyesight form and will not be age specific, however it will be used for drivers over 70 prior to the proposed cessation of annual medicals in September this year. Members are invited to send their comments to us via email or post to AMA(SA), PO Box 134 North Adelaide SA 5006.

Earlier information posted 25 September 2013:

On 1 March 2012 new Assessing Fitness to Drive Guidelines came into effect in SA. A transition period in which both the 2003 and 2012 Guidelines could be used ended on 30 June 2013, so only the 2012 guidelines may now be used.

The new guidelines have meant the certificates of fitness to drive have required updating. New certificates, one for light vehicle drivers (light blue) and one for commercial vehicle drivers (burgundy), will come into effect from 2 September 2013, and will be sent to clients as they become due for renewal, but the old form may still be in circulation and will be accepted.

An information sheet for health professionals has also been developed to accompany the revised certificates (click on the document link below). More information can also be found on the DPTI website here.

It is important to note that not all parts of the form need to be completed by the medical practitioner. Section 2 is for completion by the patient (with review together), and it may not be necessary to complete all of section 3. The Department has advised that Section 3, which appears more lengthy, reflects requirements under the new Fitness to Drive Guidelines that were previously covered in a 'Comments' section, now converted to a checkbox format. The instructions on the certificate for light vehicle users indicates the following information as part of its instructions for medical practitioners regarding the light vehicle (private) drivers certificate:

“Assessing Fitness to Drive” guidelines are available from Austroads at www.austroads.com.au