For physicians

Regulation and ability to drive?

The assessment of the ability to drive is based on medical criteria. These criteria are stated in the appendix 6 of the RD of 23 March 1998.
Download the RD here.

Ability to drive versus medication

"2 pills of this, 3 tablets of that, a syrup and you'll recover completely in a few days'. Some treatments seem utterly harmless. However, they might still have a negative impact on your ability to drive and might cause drowsiness, disturbed perception, dizziness, nausea, etc.

Questions regarding medication? Click here for a classification of drugs.

Making the decision on the ability to drive yourself?

Recurring question: when can you make the decision yourself, as a physician, on the ability to drive?

A certificate of ability to drive can be delivered by the general practitioner / specialist medical practitioner when there are no problems affecting the musculoskeletal system or a visual problem affecting the ability to drive. Read carefully the medical criteria that specify, for instance, on which occasions only the CARA is entitled to decide, the appropriate  period of time to issue a certificate, and how long a person can be declared unfit to drive. These criteria are mentioned above.

Example
A patient who suffered a major stroke does not present any problem affecting the musculoskeletal system nor impaired cognitive ability. In that case, you can make the decision on the ability to drive yourself and fill out a model VII certificate (after a six-month period).

Please do not hesitate to contact us on any question.
Download the model VII certificate and fill it out.

Inform your patients on their rights and duties regarding the driving licence.
Download our leaflet.

For further questions, please contact the CARA, preferably by email: cara@ibsr.be.