Driver Screening and Evaluation Program
Volume III: Guidelines for Motor Vehicle Administrators
*The opinions and recommendations expressed in APPENDIX D are those of AAMVA and not
of the United States Department of Transportation or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
AAMVA Policy relevant to the screening and evaluation of driver license applicants and drivers is presented below:
AAMVA recognizes the importance of, and need for, uniformity in motor vehicle laws and procedures. In accordance with this recognition, we endorse the Uniform Vehicle Code as a statutory guide and recommend its adoption in each jurisdiction.
AAMVA pledges its support and cooperation to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances in its efforts to maintain and update the Uniform Vehicle Code so that the Code may continue to reflect the best in motor vehicle and driver control and regulation. AAMVA believes that the experience and expertise of member administrators and chiefs of enforcement can be of great benefit to the National Committee in continuing this effort.
AAMVA believes that the drivers license examination can be utilized as an effective highway safety tool, if it is administered in a comprehensive, professional manner. The Association recommends that the following be included in such an examination:
AAMVA recommends that uniform examining standards, policies and procedures be established by each state or provincial licensing agency. It further recommends that all examinations be administered by qualified personnel, with adequate time scheduled for a comprehensive and complete examination for each applicant. Results of all drivers licensing examinations should be reported on a detailed, standard form.
AAMVA recommends periodic reexamination of all drivers, at least once each four years. It urges that such a reexamination include a visual screening test, and where appropriate, a written and/or driving test.
The Association also urges that drivers whose records show a pattern of either violations and/or accidents be given a diagnostic-type reexamination, as a means for confirming a particular driving problem, as well as to prescribe driver improvement programming to ameliorate this deviant driver behavior.
AAMVA recommends that state and provincial licensing agencies cooperate fully with organizations and individuals representing the medical profession, state health agencies, the Veteran's Administration, and other appropriately interested entities, to encourage reporting to drivers license agencies the presence of any physical and/or mental disabilities that might inhibit an individual's ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner. in order that appropriate remedial action can be initiated.
AAMVA endorses Functional Aspects of Driver Impairment: A Guide for State.Medical Advisory Boards, developed by the Association, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), utilizing the medical profession and health safety specialists--as containing the appropriate guidelines for medical advisory board reporting of driver impairment.
AAMVA urges member-jurisdictions not to license those persons who require telescopic devices to meet minimum visual acuity standards established by the jurisdiction.
AAMVA recognizes motor vehicle-related trauma as a major public health problem requiring leadership by the medical community, in concert with highway safety professionals, to ameliorate it. The Association resolves to join with the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) in establishing a coalition of medical and non-medical organizations from the public and private sectors to develop a broad based public health approach to reducing motor-related trauma.
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