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Commercial Vehicle Driver Medicals

Commercial Vehicle Driver Medicals are for drivers of trucks, public passenger vehicles, and vehicles carrying dangerous goods. Commercial Vehicle Drivers must meet higher medical standards because of the demands of their work.

Heavy vehicles

The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme was introduced in 2008 to support improved safety for commercial vehicle drivers in the heavy vehicle industry.

Under the scheme, standards are set for various aspects of heavy vehicle operations. For example, standards include fatigue management given drivers’ extensive hours spent on the road, and the serious consequences likely to result from a crash.

Health conditions which can affect A commercial vehicle driver

There are various health conditions that can affect a commercial driver’s ability to drive safely, for example:

  • Blackouts or fainting
  • Vision problems
  • Heart disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Age-related declines
Medical requirements

While many factors contribute to safety on the road, driver health and fitness to drive is an important consideration. Above all, drivers must meet certain medical standards to ensure their health status does not unduly increase their crash risk.

Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC), details the medical standards for driver licensing for use by health professionals. For more information, visit the Austroads website.

Moreover, the standards and medical requirements vary from state to state.

Commercial vehicle driver medicals for Uber drivers

Meanwhile in response to the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Uber has decided to permanently close all Greenlight Hubs within Australia effective 19 May 2020.

In summary, all Rideshare companies require a commercial vehicle driver medical. You can book these medical assessments at any Jobfit.

In conclusion, please contact us and Request a Passenger Vehicle Driver Medical.

Fitness To Drive Assessments

The Basic Fatigue Management and Advanced Fatigue Management standards require that drivers undergo regular health assessments to make sure they meet the medical criteria for commercial vehicle drivers contained in Assessing Fitness to Drive, with a particular focus on aspects such as sleep disorders, substance abuse etc. Assessments must be carried out three yearly for drivers below the age of 50 and yearly for those 50 and over.

In addition to health assessments, the standard also sets out a range of measures to support drivers’ health.

To comply with the standards, heavy vehicle operators must ensure drivers attend for assessments and are certified fit to drive.

The Assessing Fitness to Drive standards are also the basis of health assessments conducted under the Australian Trucking Association TruckSafe scheme.

For heavy vehicle operators needing more information about Assessing Fitness to Drive standards for commercial vehicle drivers, visit the Austroads website.

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