The safety of physically disabled drivers

  • Published: British Journal of Industrial Medicine 1966, 23, 177, 1966
  • Authors: L. Ysander
  • Date Added: 14 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 14 Feb 2013
  • Format: pdf


To investigate the frequency of traffic RTIs for disabled drivers and compare to a control group.


Carried out in Sweden. Extensive investigation of licensing and RTI records of almost 500 individuals over a 10 year period. Due to practical considerations the control group could not be considered a representative sample for the disabled sub-populations.

Key Findings:

  • The study found only three RTIs which may have been caused by the driver’s disability. This constitutes 0.6 per cent of all drivers investigated.

  • The frequency of all RTIs was 7.1 per cent in investigated and control series; serious RTIs 12.2 and 14.8 per cent in the investigated and control series respectively.

  • The study concludes that disabled drivers are not an increased hazard.


Disabled drivers, RTI frequency.


Although dated, this study considers records over a long period. The control group sample, although not ideal was matched as far as possible for age, sex and years’ driving experience.`