Guide to Drive

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 50, No. 5, June 2008, Page 271 News

The Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV), in partnership with the BCMA, is revising the BC Guide for Physicians in Determining Fitness to Drive a Motor Vehicle (the Guide) to ensure that it reflects changes in the case law and the best evidence available regarding medical conditions and fitness to drive.

Draft chapters may be viewed at, on the public side of the BCMA web site, and at the SGP web site.

Chapters available to date include Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Vestibular Disorders, Hearing, Renal Disease, Respiratory Disorders, Pschi­atric Disorders, Musculoskeletal Disorders, and Cardiovascular Disorders.

Feedback to the project team is encouraged, even if it is positive. Feedback instructions are in the documents themselves.

—John McCracken, MD, Medical Consultant, OSMV

John McCracken, MD. Guide to Drive. BCMJ, Vol. 50, No. 5, June, 2008, Page(s) 271 - News.

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