Overview

People with Epilepsy can drive under certain conditions. 

Rules and regulations are determined by Austroads Australia. The Austroads document Assessing Fitness to Drive (epilepsy section) details the medical standards for licensing.

All licence holders should be advised of the following general principles for safety when driving.

  • The patient must continue to take anti-epileptic medication regularly when and as prescribed.
  • The patient should ensure they have had adequate sleep and not drive if they are sleep deprived.
  • The patient should avoid circumstances, or the use of substances (e.g. alcohol), that are known to increase the risk of seizures.

It is good medical practice for any person with epilepsy to be reviewed periodically.

Austroads

Austroads is the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies. The organisation produces the document: Assessing Fitness to Drive, which details the medical standards for licensing.

Epilepsy and driving resources

Private Driving Standards

The table below (reproduced from the Austroads Assessing Fitness to Drive document)) details information for Private Driving Licensing for people who have experienced a seizure. Commercial Licensing have more stringent requirements. The information is up to date as of January 2018.

Private standards