Drivers to face test of fitness

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

'THAT'S the end for me! I'll be walking from now on and it's not fair,' was the comment from Glenda Robin- son on hearing of changes to the laws about reporting your fitness to drive.

From next month all driv- ers will be required to report certain medical conditions as soon as any develop.

At present drivers are only encouraged to report such changes in their medical con- dition when they obtain a li- cence or renew it.

From March 1 however, it will be a legal requirement to advise the Department of Transport of any medical con- dition which may affect your ability to drive safely.

Some of the conditions which will need to be reported include diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, stroke, hear- ing disorders, sleep disorders and arthritis.

Glenda Robinson has had her medical condition for some time.

'Yes I am on medication but I understand my limitations when it comes to driving,' she said.

'I would never drive to Bris- bane, for instance.'

Gladys Stevens on the other hand isn't worried about the changes.

'I am over 75 so I must carry a medical certificate on me that states I am OK to drive,' she said.

"Each year I have to get a med- ical checkup to keep my licence.'

A spokesperson from the De- partment of Transport advised that if a person developed any medical condition that could af- fect their ability to drive they must contact their doctor so a medical assessment could be completed.

'The doctor will issue a medi- cal certificate stating whether or not you are fit to drive,' the spokesperson said.



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