Rules relaxed but don't take health risks

RACQ has urged Queenslanders not to ignore any health issues after the State Government announced senior drivers would not have to renew medical certificates to meet licencing requirements, in a bid to risk exposure to coronavirus.

According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, medical certificates that expired after 29 January 2020 would be considered valid until six months after the COVID-19 emergency ends.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said senior drivers would not be committing an offence if they were driving for essential travel and did not have a valid medical certificate.

“Medical certificates are an important health check for older drivers and has been a requirement for anyone over the age of 75 in Queensland,” Mr Spalding said.

“While this relaxation has benefits, it’s also essential that seniors don’t ignore any health issues that would create a safety risk when driving.

“If older drivers have any concerns about their capacity to drive safely, they should promptly seek medical advice.”