About Ireland’s Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines

Irish roadway

While many factors contribute to road safety, a driver’s health is an important consideration.

Medical standards for driver licensing are used internationally to ensure that the driver’s health status does not increase their risk of crashing.

About the Guidelines

Sláinte agus Tiomáint Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines (Group 1 and 2 Drivers) contains medical standards to guide the health assessments of drivers for licensing purposes in Ireland.

The most recent guidelines were published in April 2017.

They were developed by the National Office for Traffic Medicine on behalf of the Road Safety Authority.

The standards apply to the following drivers:

  • Group 1 categories A, A1, B, EB, M or W, ie motorcycles, cars and tractors (without trailer)
  • Group 2 Categories C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E i.e. truck and bus (with or without trailer)

The guidelines are reviewed and updated every year to ensure that they continue to represent international best practice.  

Download Guidelines

Sláinte agus Tiomáint Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines (Group 1 and 2 Drivers) (April 2017)

Guiding Assessment for Licensing Drivers in Ireland

This publication summarises Irish medical guidelines of fitness to drive. The information in these Guidelines are intended to assist doctors and other healthcare professionals in advising their patients on fitness to drive, requirements for reporting to their National Driver Licence Service, and guidance on review of stability, progression or improvement of these conditions.

Your Health and Driving

Got Questions?

FAQs on the Sláinte agus Tiomáint Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines.

Help your patients to continue to drive safely

Our online course, specially developed for doctors in Ireland, explains Irish guidelines for assessing a person's fitness to drive so that you can make sure your patient's health status does not increase their risk of crashing. You will learn how to make sure your patients can continue to drive safely.

Contact Us

Margaret Ryan

Manager

Tel: +353 1 8639788

Margaret Ryan is the Manager of the National Office for Traffic Medicine.