Commercial and Uber
In Queensland you are required to report any long term or permanent medical condition, or any change to an existing medical condition, which is likely to adversely affect your ability to drive safely to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Different levels of licences require specific medical tests to be performed to confirm to the government that it is safe for the public for the person to drive.
As a professional driver you have a responsibility to be thoughtful about the way your health may affect you being 'fit to drive'. This applies to general health as well as the use of drugs and alcohol.
Professional driving, whether it be a heavy vehicle, public passenger vehicle or dangerous goods vehicle, brings with it additional demands associated with the vehicle itself, the responsibility to passengers, the demands of work schedules and so on. A range of medical conditions, as well as treatments, may therefore impair your ability to undertake your work safely. Common examples include:
Epilepsy and seizures
What is a driver's licence medical?
As part of obtaining your Driver Authorisation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads you are required to complete a commercial standards medical check.
The commercial standards medical check assesses your fitness to drive a public passenger vehicle and typically takes between 15 - 20 minutes. The health assessment does include a urinalysis to check your protein and glucose. Please note the urinalysis is not a drug test. More information about the medical check is available on the DTMR website.
Our GPs' role is to assess your medical fitness to drive based on the medical standards in the publication "Assessing Fitness to Drive for commercial and private vehicle drivers".
Our GPs use the Private and Commercial Vehicle Driver’s Health Assessment form (F3195) to guide our medical assessment. At the completion of the medical assessment, we will complete a medical certificate for motor vehicle driver form (F3712) for you, with a recommendation regarding:
the person’s medical fitness to drive
any conditions and restrictions associated to the person’s driver licence
the medical certificate expiry date.
Commercial Driver's Medicals
In most cases, having a medical condition will not restrict your driving as the licensing authority is able to issue a conditional licence.
This means that you may continue to drive as long as certain conditions or restrictions are met. Conditions may include the wearing of corrective lenses when driving or attending your doctor for a periodic review and providing a report to the Driver Licensing Authority. Your doctor may make recommendations to the Driver Licensing Authority about a conditional licence but the authority will make the final decision.
If you are issued with a conditional licence it is your responsibility to comply with any driving restrictions or other conditions and to be reviewed by your doctor as required.
In the case of commercial vehicle drivers, the opinion of a medical specialist is generally required for initial recommendation and periodic review of a conditional licence. This requirement reflects the higher safety risk for commercial vehicle drivers and the consequent importance of expert opinion.