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Review
. 2003 Oct 4;147(40):1948-52.

[Fitness-to-drive in Neurological Disorders]

[Article in Dutch]
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[Fitness-to-drive in Neurological Disorders]

[Article in Dutch]
L J Kappelle. Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. .

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  • Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2004 Dec 25;148(52):2627
  • Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2004 Jan 10;148(2):112

Abstract

Driving-license holders with health problems are morally obliged to report this to the Driver Licensing Centre (CBR). The CBR can then further investigate the matter and either insist that technical modifications be made to the vehicle or declare the driver (temporarily) unfit to drive a vehicle. After an epileptic seizure a driver may not drive a car or ride a motorcycle for six months. Following multiple seizures this period is extended to one year after the last seizure. Exceptions can be made only if certain established criteria are fulfilled. Following cerebral infarction or cerebral haemorrhage, the driving-license holder is considered unfit to drive for at least six months. After this period fitness-to-drive is dependent on the presence of any disorders of function and the results of a CBR driving test. Persons with an intracranial tumour are assessed on the presence of any disorders of function and may be given a driving license valid for a limited period of time only. A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or the chance discovery of an unruptured intracranial aneurysm or vascular malformation which does not need treatment, does not necessarily affect fitness to drive. Persons with syncope, progressive neurological disorders or stationary functional disorders should undergo medical assessment and, if necessary, take a CBR driving test. In the case of all neurological disorders, the rules are stricter for professional drivers of cars and motorcycles as well as holders of driving licenses for heavy-goods vehicles and buses.

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