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).
It is a requirement of both the Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) and Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) that:
- drivers are medically assessed as per the Austroads Assessing Fitness to Drive
- drivers provide to a medical practitioner information to assist with the medical assessment. Download the Driver Health Questionnaire (PDF, 245KB)
- drivers have a certificate/report that shows they are currently declared fit to drive a commercial vehicle. Download the Fitness to Drive Report (PDF, 140KB)
- drivers and schedulers must undergo training and obtain the appropriate statement of attainment from an NHVAS approved registered training organisation
The form MR658 National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) Medical Certificate has been discontinued. Operators of heavy vehicles are able to meet their obligations by using the forms above:
- for their accreditation for Basic or Advanced Fatigue Management under the National Heavy Vehicle accreditation Scheme and/or
- to complete and carry a medical certificate if they are operating a Road Train or B-Triple between Port Augusta West.
The requirement to be medically examined on a regular basis for 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.