College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick

While the Motor Vehicle Act does allow individuals to be exempt from the requirement to wear a seat belt, members are reminded that the Canadian Medical Association Determining Medical Fitness to Drive guidelines make it very clear that there is no medical indication for such an exemption. As a consequence, the issuing of such a certificate is considered to be unacceptable practice. In addition, issuing such exemptions may create significant liability issues. To that end, when the College becomes aware that a physician has issued such a certificate, a reminder will be issued of the appropriate standard of care.

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