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Driving Guidelines

Assessing Fitness to Drive

The ability of a person with epilepsy to hold a driver license depends on the likelihood of them having a seizure while driving and the impact of a seizure on their ability to drive. Thus, the assessment of fitness to drive in a person with epilepsy is a probability estimate.

The ESA (Epilepsy Society of Australia) Driving Committee has for many years been active in the development of national guidelines for driving with epilepsy, in consultation with Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC). The Assessing Fitness to Drive (AFTD) 2003 guidelines recognise appropriately the different types of seizure presentations and the important role of neurologists in advising driver licensing authorities (DLAs) about the risk of further seizures following appropriate intervention.

These guidelines can be accessed via the Austroads website or via the links below. http://www.austroads.com.au/drivers-vehicles/assessing-fitness-to-drive