Fitness to drive a heavy vehicle

Drivers who are part of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) for Basic and Advanced Fatigue Management must meet certain eligibility requirements including regular medical assessments as per Assessing Fitness to Drive.

If a heavy vehicle driver has a medical condition or is 70 years old or over, and:

  • isn't part of the NHVAS,  they must follow the Service SA Fitness to drive process
  • is part of the NHVAS, they must follow both the NHVAS and Service SA Fitness to drive process.

NHVAS  medical asessment

Where there are no known medical concerns, a medical assessment is required:

  • every 3 years for drivers 49 years old or under
  • annually for drivers 50 years old or over.

As part of the medical assessment:

  • the driver provides the health professional with a Driver Health Questionnaire
  • the health professional completes a Clinical Assessment Record and Fitness to Drive Report
  • the Fitness to Drive Report is provided to the requesting organisation (if there is one) and to the driver.

If the health professional finds that the driver is not fit to drive, the health professional will submit a Medical condition notification form to Service SA (as the driver licensing authority).

Forms are available from the Austroads website - Forms and online reporting.

Contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator



Phone - 13 NHVR (13 64 87)
Fax - (07) 3309 8777


PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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