Assessing your employee's fitness to drive commercial vehicles.
AT WHA, we take your employee's fitness to drive seriously. Many factors contribute to safety on our roads, but driver health and fitness is an important consideration. Drivers of heavy vehicles and dangerous goods, as well as drivers of small private and commercial vehicles all have legal responsibilities with respect to their health and driving.
WHA perform three tests based on the specific job requirements to assess the health and fitness of drivers.
For all drivers of commercial and private vehicles, a Fitness to Drive test is mandatory to assess whether an individual is fit to be behind the wheel.
For heavy vehicle drivers of any vehicle that has a gross vehicle mass of more than 4.5 tonnes, a TruckSafe Medical is required, which is in line with the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme.
For dangerous goods drivers, a specific medical examination is required to ensure the individual meets the medical criteria involved.
The aim of these tests is to ensure the safety of both the driver and the community, as well as to maintain the driver’s lifestyle and job-related mobility independence.
Permanent or temporary medical conditions and their treatments for these may affect sensory, cognitive or motor function, or a combination of these, and can influence safe driving ability. The driver’s sensory, motor and cognitive skills therefore may require detailed assessment.
Those who will need to undergo regular fitness to drive tests include taxi drivers, couriers, Uber drivers, bus drivers and truck drivers.
TruckSafe Medicals are mandatory and ongoing health assessments that need to be undertaken to ensure drivers are fit to be behind the wheel. These assessments look into aspects such as fatigue management, sleep disorders and substance abuse. Assessments need to be carried out every three years for those below the age of 50 and yearly for those 50 years or over.
Those who need to undergo regular TruckSafe Medical Assessments are heavy vehicle drivers only. Heavy vehicles are any vehicle that has a gross vehicle mass of more than 4.5 tonnes. This includes semi-trailers, b-double freight trucks, passenger buses, and livestock and other agricultural vehicles.
It is extremely important that drivers of dangerous goods are fit to be behind the wheel, to ensure both their safety and the safety of those around them on the road. Much like the other fitness tests, the Dangerous Goods Driver Medical focuses on conditions such as sleep disorders, vision and hearing problems, substance misuse and blackouts.
Dangerous goods drivers are typically classified as drivers that are carrying more than 500 litres or kilograms of ‘dangerous goods’, which include flammable liquids, gases and solids, toxic substances and oxidizing substances.
Contact us here for one of our staff members to evaluate your specific requirements.