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College Launches Interim Guide to Discretionary Reporting for Fitness to Drive

May 23, 2018
On July 1, 2018, amendments to the Highway Traffic Act, 1990 will come into effect. These amendments have specific implications for occupational therapists. Highlights of the legislation include:

1. Discretionary Reporting - Occupational therapists have been granted authority to make discretionary reports about a client’s fitness to drive directly to the Ministry of Transportation.

2. New List of Conditions for Reporting – The list defines the high risk medical conditions, functional impairments and visual impairments to be used for mandatory and discretionary reports.

3. New Medical Reporting Form – A new medical reporting form for use by physicians, nurse practitioners and occupational therapists for both mandatory and discretionary reporting has been approved and will be online as of July 1, 2018. 

The College has received lots of questions from OTs about what these changes will mean for their practice. The College has developed an Interim Guide to Discretionary Reporting for Fitness to Drive to assist OTs with:

  • understanding their reporting roles and responsibilities
  • applying relevant changes within their current practice setting

To review the Interim Guide click here:

https://www.coto.org/resources/interim-guide-to-discretionary-reporting-of-fitness-to-drive-2018

To learn more about Discretionary reporting, join the College and Elizabeth Weldon from the Ministry of Transportation for a Webinar on May 29, 2018 from 12:00-1:00pm. Register here.

For specific questions about the Interim Guide or Discretionary Reporting contact the Practice Resource Service practice@coto.org or 1.800.890.6570 ext 240.