Medical conditions and disability

Written by Canrone Cochin

When you apply for your driver's licence, you must state whether
you have a medical condition or disability that could affect your
driving. You also need to pass an eyesight test.
Medical conditions
For some medical conditions, such as epilepsy or cardiovascular
conditions, you’ll need regular medical assessments to make sure
you’re fit to drive.
If you develop a medical condition once you’ve got your licence,
you must tell Transport for NSW. This is because driving with a
medical condition can put yourself and other road users at risk.
Failure to follow medical directions can lead to losing your licence.
See Fitness to drive at roads-maritime.transport.nsw.gov.au
People with disability
Disability can have either a minor or serious effect on your
driving ability. If Transport for NSW determines that a disability
has a serious effect, you’ll need to take a test. This is to show
your driving ability and see if you need any aids or vehicle
modifications. You may have conditions placed on your driver's
licence, for example, only driving automatic vehicles.
See Driving with a disability at roads-maritime.transport.nsw.gov.au
As you get older
As you get older, changes to your health may affect your ability to
drive. From the age of 75, you’ll need to pass a medical assessment
and eyesight test every year to keep your driver's licence. From
85, you’ll also need to take a practical driving assessment every 2
years. Alternatively, if you no longer require an unrestricted licence,
you can opt for a modified (ie. local area) licence, without the need
for a practical driving assessment.
See Older drivers at roads-maritime.transport.nsw.gov.au

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