Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

December 05, 2006 09:00 ET

New Edition of CMA's Fitness-to-Drive Guide Now Available

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 5, 2006) - Today, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) announced the release of the seventh edition of its fitness-to-drive guide, Determining Medical Fitness to Operate Motor Vehicles. The guide, designed to help physicians assess their patients' ability to drive safely, was first published in 1974 and is one of the CMA's most popular products.

"There are more drivers on the road these days and a growing public awareness of the role that medical fitness plays in keeping our roads safe," said Dr. Colin McMillan, President, CMA. "As a result, the CMA, in collaboration with several dozen experts, have pulled all the information on driving issues that a practising clinician might need together in a single package."

Readers will note the following changes to this edition of the guide:

- For the first time, the Canadian Medical Protective Association has provided advice on legal and risk management issues associated with driver assessment.

- Reflecting demographic changes, there is an improved and expanded section on aging drivers and advice for helping patients adjust to driving cessation.

- Sections on assessing medical fitness for railway and aviation workers have been added.

- In keeping with medical and human rights trends, there has been a shift toward a functional, rather than diagnostic, approach to driving fitness.

This user-friendly tool also includes:

- comprehensive tables and recommendations for key medical conditions;

- diagnostic assessment tools;

- contact information for provincial/territorial ministries of transportation; and,

- an updated list of regulations on the reporting of unfit drivers.

The Guide is provided free to CMA members, upon request, who may also purchase additional copies for $27.95. For non-members, the cost will be $44.95, plus shipping and handling. Copies can be ordered from the Member Service Centre, 888 855-2555 or

Contact Information

  • Canadian Medical Association
    Carole Lavigne
    Media Relations
    613-731-8610 or 1-800-663-7336 ext. 1266