Commerical Vehicle Driver Medicals are for drivers of trucks, public passenger vehicles, and vehicles carrying dangerous goods. These must meet higher Commercial Vehicle Driver medical standards because of the demands of their work.
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 including fatigue management given drivers’ extensive hours spent on the road, and the serious consequences likely to result from a crash.
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
- Sleep disorders
- Psychiatric disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Age-related declines