Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task requiring perception, good judgement, responsiveness and reasonable physical capability. Professional driving adds additional demands associated with the vehicle itself, the responsibility to passengers, distances travelled, the demands of work schedules and so on.
A range of medical conditions as well as treatments may therefore impair the ability to undertake work safely. Drivers must meet certain medical standards to ensure their health status does not increase the risk of a crash in which they or other road users may be injured or killed.
The commercial standards should be applied to:
- Drivers of 'heavy vehicles' i.e. those holding or applying for a licence of class MR (Medium Rigid), HR (Heavy Rigid), HC (Heavy Combination) or MC (Multi-combination).
- Drivers applying for an authority /already authorised to carry public passengers for hire or reward (bus drivers, taxi drivers, chauffeurs, drivers of hire cars and small buses etc).
- Drivers applying for an authority / already authorised to carry bulk dangerous goods.
Commercial vehicle drivers are required to comply with legislation, and be certified as ‘fit to drive’, in accordance with the Assessing Fitness to Drive 2012 standards for commercial vehicle drivers, published by Austroads and the National Transport Commission.
Occuhealth's comprehensive medical assessment includes urine drug screening and alcohol breathalyser testing.
Medical assessments must be carried out 3 yearly for commercial drivers below the age of 50, and annually for those drivers 50 and over.
Upon completion of the commercial vehicle driver’s medical, our Medical Practitioner will provide a ‘Fitness to Drive’ Report, to enable the individual to submit the report to the relevant organisation as part of their drivers accreditation.
For more information, or to book your commercial vehicle driver’s medical assessment, contact Occuhealth today on +61 8 9537 5700