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Title: Driver assessment service for people with mental illness
Authors: Chiu, CWC
Law, CKM
Cheng, ASK 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Hong Kong journal of occupational therapy, 2019, v. 32, no. 2, p. 77-83
Abstract: Mental illness often leads to functional deficits that likely affect one’s driving performance and may even pose threat to other road users. However, having a mental illness does not automatically preclude one from driving which is essential to mobility and productivity. Indeed, evaluating their fitness-to-drive would be of necessary. Despite that, there is still a lack of a local driving evaluation service that specifically addresses the impact of mental illness on driving capacity. This paper discusses the needs to evaluate the fitness-to-drive of people with mental illness. It advocates the development of such specific driver assessment service with a local example as illustration. Lastly, some of the challenges related to the drivers’ responsibility to declare personal health status and large variety of assessment approaches are also discussed.
Keywords: Driver assessment
Driving evaluation
Fitness to drive
Mental illness
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Hong Kong journal of occupational therapy 
ISSN: 1569-1861
EISSN: 1876-4398
DOI: 10.1177/1569186119886773
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
The following publication Chiu, C. W., Law, C. K., & Cheng, A. S. (2019). Driver assessment service for people with mental illness. Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy, 32(2), 77–83, is available at
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