Changes For Older Drivers
A new process that requires older motorists to assess their own ability to drive is now in place.
Under a new process, drivers aged 75 years and older, who don’t have a pre-existing medical condition, will now have to complete a yearly questionnaire that will determine their fitness to drive.
The change follows the removal of mandatory medical tests for drivers aged 70 and over, which were scrapped last year.
The compulsory self-assessment form contains 11 questions. The answers provided will determine if a visit to a doctor is needed.
The self-assessment process only applies to those with a normal car licence, known as C-class. If you have a different licence type – such as for a truck or a motorcycle – you’ll still need to visit your doctor for an annual medical test.
If you already have a medical condition recorded against your licence, you’ll also still have to visit a medical practitioner to get your fitness to drive form approved.
Drivers aged 75 and over with no pre-existing medical conditions will automatically receive the form in the mail each year and, if there’s no medical condition to declare, they can post it or return it in person to any Service SA Customer Service Centre, or lodge it online via EzyReg.
Remember, all drivers – regardless of their age – are legally required to report any medical condition that could affect their ability to drive. Health practitioners are also required to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles if they consider a person unfit to drive.
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