[Driver's licence: responsibility, ethics and deontology]

Rev Med Brux. 1999 Sep;20(4):A225-9.
[Article in French]


The new law enacted on march 23rd 1998 regarding driving-licence, which became effective on october 1st 1998, modifies the method for obtaining the different types of driving-licences. Its 6th annex enumerates a list of physical impairments and pathologies implying the denial, the limitation or the withdrawal of the driving-licence; it determines if a medical advice, and if the case which kind of medical advice, is required. This leads to new situations, for which no jurisprudence has been established to date, where not only the responsibility of the licence's applicant but also that of the examining physician could be suspected. The physicians are also confronted to ethical an deontological problems on which the medical authorities have not always given an opinion. This paper examines them in order to give some bases for reflexion and discussion.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Automobile Driver Examination / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Automobile Driving / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Belgium
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Drug Therapy
  • Epilepsy
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Heart Diseases
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders
  • Movement Disorders
  • Nervous System Diseases
  • Physicians / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Sleep Wake Disorders
  • Social Responsibility*
  • Vision Disorders


  • Psychotropic Drugs