Driving a vehicle requires a range of decision-making and motor functions.

Changes to Driving Ability

Parkinson’s and other neurological movement disorders have the potential to affect a range of functions associated with driving including:

  • Reaction time
  • Coordination
  • Concentration
  • Perception of distance
  • Perception of speed
  • Vision
  • Muscle control
  • Multitasking

Changes to your driving ability can happen even in the early stages of Parkinson’s when symptoms are appearing gradually.

Reporting Requirements

Parkinson’s is classified as a reportable medical condition, requiring the transport authority in your state to be notified of your condition.

There are consequences for failing to notify a reportable medical condition, and if you are involved in an accident, your insurance may not cover you, you may face the risk of being sued, or be charged with driving offences.

Review of Driving Ability

Parkinson’s is classified as a medical condition requiring annual review to maintain your license.

Your medical specialist may request:

  • An assessment of your driving by a qualified Occupational Therapist
  • Restrictions to your licence such as distance, or driving during daylight hours
  • Modifications to your vehicle to assist with specific aspects of driving

Australian Disability Parking Permit

You may wish to apply for an Australian Disability Parking Permit that is recognised nationally. Permit holders can park in spaces marked as disability parking spaces and access particular parking concessions, which can vary from state to state. The vehicle must be transporting the eligible permit holder, with the permit displayed.

Know Your Responsibilities

For more information on your responsibilities as a driver with Parkinson’s, please contact the transport authority in your state.


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