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Self-assessment for older drivers
2 July 2015
Car drivers aged 75 and older who do not have a pre-existing medical condition will now only need to complete a self-assessment form to determine their fitness to drive.
With the end of mandatory medical testing for older drivers, the requirement to complete the new form is a self-assessment that enables drivers to think about their health and how it may impact on their ability to drive safely without the requirement to visit a doctor.
Forms will start being sent to drivers form today and when completed can be returned in person or posted to any Service SA Customer Service Centre or may also be lodged online via EzyReg if there is no medical condition to declare.
South Australian’s who are aged 75 years or more, only hold a car driver’s licence and do not already have a medical condition recorded against their driver’s licence will receive the new form.
All drivers, regardless of age, are required by law to report any medical condition that could affect their ability to drive safely and those who currently have a medical condition are also required to undergo regular medical assessments, regardless of their age.
Motorists of other vehicles other than a car will still be required to undergo an annual medical assessment from the age of 70 years.
This new process had been created in consultation with the Australian Medical Association, Centre for Automotive Safety Research and older driver focus groups.
The self-assessment requires the driver to answer 11 questions to demonstrate their fitness to drive.
Drivers are expected to answer honestly and consult a doctor immediately if the form indicates they may have a condition which restricts their ability to drive.
Health professionals are still required to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles if a patient suffers a medical condition that could affect their ability to drive safely.
Doctors may also recommend a practical driving test to confirm that a patient is fit to drive.