Operating a heavy vehicle

Fitness to drive a heavy vehicle

As part of the eligibility requirements of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) for Basic and Advanced Fatigue Management, drivers are required to be medically assessed at least once every three years for drivers aged 49 or under, and yearly for drivers aged 50 and over (whether or not the person has a medical condition that may affect their ability to drive).

A doctor is required to specify on the certificate that the person meets the medical standards contained in the National Transport Commission’s publication Assessing Fitness to Drive for Commercial and Private Vehicle Drivers 2016.

For more information on NHVAS or Basic and Advanced Fatigue Management refer to the NHVR's accreditation modules.

The requirement to be medically examined on a regular basis under the NHVAS is irrespective of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles obligation to ensure that all drivers are medically fit and able to drive competently and safely. Refer to www.mylicence.sa.gov.au for further information.

Contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator



Phone - 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)
Fax - (07) 3309 8777


PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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