Medical examinations of commercial vehicle drivers - Queensland

Service summary

Medical standards for drivers exist in order to facilitate management of drivers' health and thus support road safety. They are used by general practitioners and medical specialists when assessing fitness to drive.

National health standards identify medical conditions that are likely to affect safe driving. The health requirements are higher for commercial vehicle drivers because of the increased risks involved in driving heavy vehicles, passenger vehicles etc.

The commercial standards apply to:

  • drivers of 'heavy vehicles' i.e. those holding or applying for a licence of class MR (Medium Rigid), HR (Heavy Rigid), HC (Heavy Combination) or MC (Multi-combination)
  • drivers applying for an authority/already authorised to carry public passengers for hire or reward (bus drivers, taxi drivers, chauffeurs, drivers of hire cars and small buses etc)
  • drivers applying for an authority / already authorised to carry bulk dangerous goods.

Information on these standards can be obtained from Austroads - Assessing Fitness to Drive.

Please consult the agency contact officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Transport and Main Roads
Heavy Vehicle Road Operations Program
Road Use Management and Safety Branch

Act(s) name

Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Transport Operations (Road Use Management-Dangerous Goods) Regulation 2008 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Transport and Main Roads


13 23 80


07 3066 2011


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