What is the Offence?
If you hold a Queensland driver’s licence, you are required to promptly tell the Department of Transport and Main Roads if you suffer from any long-term or permanent medical conditions that may adversely affect your ability to drive safely. You must inform the Department as soon as the condition develops, or as soon as there is an adverse change to an existing condition.
You also need to present a medical certificate confirming your fitness to drive and your doctor may also recommend that your licence be subject to conditions.
This requirement to notify the Department of medical conditions is also known as “Jet’s Law”.
If you fail to report your medical condition as required, you have committed an offence.
What is the Penalty?
The penalty for failing to report a medical condition is a fine of up to $6,000. In some circumstances, your licence may also be disqualified.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What Medical Conditions must be Reported?
- Diabetes (early and late onset);
- Heart disease;
- Arthritis and other joint problems;
- Eye problems (for example, cataracts);
- Hearing disorders;
- Sleep disorders;
- Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders;
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease;
- Depression and other mental-health problems;
- Lung disease;
- Injuries and disabilities.
Q: Do I have to carry the medical certificate with me when I drive?
A: Yes, if your licence has the code “M” and/or if you are 75 years of age or older. If you fail to carry the certificate with you, can be given an on-the-spot fine of $75. Alternatively if you choose to take the matter to court, you can be fined up to $1,500.
Q: What will happen to my licence if I report my medical condition?
A: That depends on the type of medical condition you suffer from and the seriousness of the condition. Your licence may be amended to include a condition that you only drive in accordance with your medical certificate. In more serious cases, your licence may be suspended or even cancelled.
Q: If I tell my doctor about my medical condition, will he or she notify the Department?
A: Although doctors are currently under no obligation to report patients’ medical conditions, they can choose to do so if they feel that their advice is being ignored and that you are still driving. Doctors cannot be held liable if they notify the Department of your medical condition in good faith.
Please contact us for information about Jet’s Law.