When to see your doctor
As a general rule, your doctor has the authority to make decisions regarding your fitness to drive. If you have a newly diagnosed medical condition, or if you have concerns that an existing condition may be worsening (and affecting your driving), you need to discuss this with your doctor. Similarly, if you have no established medical condition but you have concerns regarding your health, you should see your doctor.
What happens when you see your doctor?
It is crucial to be honest and as accurate as possible when discussing your health with your doctor. Depending on your current situation, your doctor may perform a general physical health assessment. If you have no diagnosed medical condition but there are concerns about a potential health condition, your doctor may also recommend further medical investigations and assessments appropriate for your situation, such as blood tests, x-rays or other radiological tests. The aim of the tests is to clarify any medical condition. While waiting for the results of the tests, your doctor will instruct you about whether you should be driving in the meantime. Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist if appropriate. If the doctor is unsure about whether you should continue to drive (and assesses that a medical condition is likely), they may recommend that you undertake and Occupational Therapy (OT) driving assessment. Your doctor should then complete the RMS medical fitness to drive form to inform the RMS of these medical concerns potentially affecting your driving capacity.
If you have an existing medical condition or disability and feel that driving is becoming more difficult, your doctor will perform appropriate medical assessments. Your doctor may instruct you to have an OT driving assessment and fill out the RMS fitness to drive form. If you are a new driver (i.e. learner driver) with a diagnosed health condition, your doctor will determine if your condition is currently affecting your driving capacity. If the doctor is unsure about the effects of your condition on your driving, they will complete the RMS medical fitness to drive form and direct you to have an OT driving assessment.