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Medical standard for commercial driving

The medical standards for driving in Australia are set out in the Guidelines ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive 2016’, published by Austroads and the National Transport Commission. A copy of the Guidelines may be accessed through the Austroads website. The Guideline includes a standard for private driving (i.e. the standard you must meet to hold a driver licence from VicRoads) and for commercial driving (i.e. the standard you must meet to hold a driver accreditation from Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria). The commercial driving standard is higher than the private driving standard.

To make decisions about whether a person meets the medical standard Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) engages an independent medical review panel (Panel) to provide recommendations. The panel is an independent statutory body which is responsible for providing forensic, pathological, clinical forensic, medical and other related services to the State of Victoria. The Panel has expertise in assessing medical reports from GPs and specialists against the Guidelines.

Applicants for Driver Accreditation

Your application may be sent to the Case Assessment Team because of concerns that you may not meet the medical standards for commercial driving. If this is the case, then you should have received at least one request for information from CPVV before your application is sent to the Case Assessment Team.

If you do not meet the medical standard for commercial driving your application for driver accreditation must be refused.

Holders of Driver Accreditation

It is important that accreditation holders continue to meet the medical standard for commercial driving. Where there are no known medical concerns, drivers will have a condition imposed to provide a Medical Assessment Form every three years. When CPVV is aware of a diagnosis that may affect a driver’s ability to meet the medical standard for commercial driving a condition may be imposed to provide a specialist or treating professional report annually or possibly more regularly.

You may be referred to the Case Assessment Team if CPVV has imposed a condition on you and you have either failed to comply with the condition or the reports received indicate that you may not meet the medical standard for commercial driving.

CPVV may receive information from VicRoads that brings into question whether you meet the medical standard for commercial driving. If your driver licence is suspended under medical review by VicRoads then your driver accreditation will automatically be suspended by CPVV. Before CPVV reinstates your driver accreditation it will need to be satisfied that you meet the medical standard for commercial driving. To make the process as efficient as possible you may consent for CPVV to access your medical records from VicRoads.

If you no longer meet the medical standard for commercial driving your driver accreditation will either be suspended until you demonstrate that you do meet the medical standard for commercial driving; or your driver accreditation will be cancelled.