Drivers Fitness for Work

Drivers Fitness for Work

Drivers and Lift Truck Operators

Vehicles at work are a major cause of fatal and major injuries with over 5000 incidents involving transport in the workplace every year (HSE).

Employers are required to ensure that workers are capable of operating the vehicles and attachments they use at work, in all of the environments in which they are used. Part of those capability checks should include ensuring that a driver has ‘a reasonable level of both physical and mental fitness.’

HSE (2014) A guide to workplace transport safety HSG136

A Fitness to Drive Assessment considers the individuals’ health status in relation to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) Guidance on Medical Standards for Fitness to Drive to ensure that they are fit to operate vehicles in the workplace, as well as on the road.

This is a screening assessment and is supplementary to the LGV/HGV/PSV medical. We recommend that these are done by the individual’s GP who has access to their full medical records. This will eliminate the risk of deliberate concealment of information which may make a material difference to the issue of a group 2 license. You may wish to request a statement from the doctor completing the medical for the HGV/LGV/PSV license to confirm that they have full access to the individual’s medical records. A practice stamp will also help to confirm authenticity.

A valid driving licence indicates fitness to drive on a public highway and does not guarantee fitness to operate a fork truck. The assessment includes:

Who Should Be Medically Assessed?

HSE guidance recommends that it is good practice for all drivers of to be screened for fitness to work.

Is It a Legal Requirement?

It is not a legal requirement to have Drivers Medicals, but it is recommended good practice and could be seen as negligence if they are not done.

What Does Medical Assessment Entail?

How Long Does It Take?

Normal screening takes 30 minutes.

Where there are communication difficulties, it may take longer.

How Often Should Surveillance Be Done?

We recommend a fitness to drive assessment be carried out every three years. This matches the requirements set by Constructing Better Health standards.

Assessment is Also Recommended:

What Happens If Abnormalities Are Detected?

Where abnormalities are detected, a risk assessment will be undertaken to determine whether:

Screening is repeated as recommended by the Occupational Health Adviser in light of the results of the medical.

What Medical Conditions Will Exclude Me from Operating a Vehicle?










Fitness for operational duty is ultimately judged individually by risk assessment. An individual’s health status may change at any time and it must remain their responsibility to report any health concerns, whether temporary or permanent, long or short term, to their manager where their fitness to drive may be affected.

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Published date: 19th February 2018

Last revision: 16th October 2020

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