The attitudes of health professionals to diving advice on fitness to drive

  • Published: Department for Transport (Road Safety Research Report No. 91) (2010)
  • Authors: C. Hawley et al
  • Date Added: 22 Dec 2013
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


To explore health professionals’ current state of knowledge regarding medical aspects of fitness to drive.

To investigate the attitudes and other factors that may influence their decisions on whether to discuss fitness to drive during routine clinical contacts.

To explore the organisational barriers to the dissemination of up-to-date knowledge in the field, and the obstacles to including advice on fitness to drive as a route part of consultations.

To suggest ways of improving medical and other health care personnel’s knowledge and their willingness to give advice to their patients.


  • Multi-method approach incorporating surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and workshops.

Key Findings

  • General knowledge about fitness to drive set out in the DVLA medical standards was poor.

  • Little tuition is provided to doctors on the medical aspects of fitness to drive.

  • Other healthcare professionals received no formal training on fitness to drive.

  • Majority were aware of the guidelines provided by the DVLA, had consulted with them in the last two years and advised at least one patient to stop driving.

  • Healthcare professionals were unable to reliably determine those medically unfit drivers, borderline drivers and fit drivers.

  • 91% of patients felt it was the healthcare professionals that should advice on medical conditions and fitness to drive.


Fitness to drive, healthcare professionals, attitudes


Qualitative study determining the attitudes of health professionals giving advice to patients on fitness to drive