Until recently, no national framework detailing the standards expected of drivers existed in Ireland. Medical decisions were made in a vacuum, pieced together using guidance from other jurisdictions.
Sláinte agus Tiomáint, the new set of medical fitness to drive guidelines, was developed by the National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine in consultation with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
The updated guidance reflects recent developments in medicine, such as improvements in diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. The standards relate to car and motorcycle drivers (Group 1 licence holders, categories A, A1, B, EB, M or W) and give clear guidance on implementing medical fitness to drive policies in Ireland.
The guidelines will also be used by driver licensing authorities (DLAs), Gardaí, legal professionals and other health professionals, including occupational therapists and optometrists.