The Road Safety Authority (RSA) in association with the National Office for Traffic Medicine (NOTM) at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) has published the 2020 update of the ‘Sláinte agus Tiomáint’ – ‘Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines’ for Group 1 and Group 2 drivers and three additional information leaflets offering advice to drivers.
The new leaflets provide information and support on: Stroke, Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) and Driving; Vision and Driving; as well as Pregnancy and Driving.
The leaflets aim to promote safe mobility for drivers by explaining how these conditions can affect driving and what drivers can do to help them to continue to drive safely. The leaflets will be useful to GPs, occupational and public health professionals where they need to discuss fitness to drive with their patients.
These new leaflets expand on the existing suite of leaflets that has been developed by the RSA to provide information and support for drivers with medical conditions. Previous leaflets provided information about driving with epilepsy, sleep apnoea, cardiac conditions, alcohol problems and short-term illnesses/injuries and general fitness to drive.
The leaflets provide guidance on what drivers with medical conditions should do to help them drive safely, including managing and monitoring their condition, seeking advice and support from their doctor(s) and, where required, notifying the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) about their condition.
Link to Driver Informational Leaflets:
Stroke, Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) and Driving: https://www.ndls.ie/images/Documents/Guidelines/8971_RSA_Stroke_and_driving_DL_leaflet_screen.pdf
Pregnancy and Driving: https://www.ndls.ie/images/9421_RSA_Pregnancy_and_driving_DL_leaflet_Website.pdf
Prof Desmond O’Neill, National Programme Director for Traffic Medicine at RCPI, welcomed the publication of the leaflets, saying: “Ireland is unique in providing a broad range of information supports for drivers with medical conditions, from a growing and comprehensive range of leaflets to information stands at major public events. As well as leaflet for stroke and vision, we are pleased to add this year a leaflet for pregnancy, which of course is a natural process and not a medical condition, but one where issues such as how to wear a seat-belt are very important.”
Mr. Declan Naughton, Director of Driver Training and Licensing, Road Safety Authority commented: “Today’s launch reminds us of the wealth of information now available to drivers and medical professionals as regards medical conditions and driving. The key advice is that for the vast majority of medical conditions driving does not need to cease. Once drivers inform themselves of the impact of a condition and act on the advice of their GP, driving can continue or resume in due course as the case may be.”