Reports by health care personne
All physicians, podiatrists,
chiropractors, physician assistants, certified registered nurse practitioners
and other persons authorized to diagnose or treat disorders and disabilities
defined by the Medical Advisory Board shall report to the department
writing, the full name, date of birth and address of every person over 15
years of age diagnosed as having any specified disorder or disability within
Responsibility of institution heads.
The person in charge of every
institution or clinic, or any alcohol or drug treatment
facility, shall be responsible to assure that reports are filed in accordance
with subsection (b).
Confidentiality of reports.
The reports required by this section
shall be confidential and shal
l be used solely for the purpose of determining
the qualifications of any person to drive a motor vehicle on the highways of
Use of report as evidence.
No report forwarded under the provisions
of this section shall be used as evide
nce in any civil or criminal trial
except in any proceeding under section 1519(c) (relating to determination of
Immunity from civil and criminal liability.
No civil or criminal
action may be brought against any person or agency for pro
information required under this system.
As used in this section, the following words and phrases
shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
A chiropractor acting within the scope of practice
tained in the act of December 16, 1986 (P.L.1646, No.188), known as the
Chiropractic Practice Act.
A podiatrist acting within the scope of practice contained
in the act of March 2, 1956 (1955 P.L.1206, No.375), known as the Podiatry
(July 15, 2004, P.L.698, No.76, eff. 60 days)
Section 2 of Act 76 provided that any regulations of the
Department of Transportation that are inconsistent with Act 76 are hereby
abrogated to the extent of that inconsistency.
Section 1518 is referred to in section 1503 of this
Determination of incompetency.
The department, having cause to believe that a licensed
driver or applicant may not be physically or mentally qualified to
licensed, may require the applicant or driver to undergo one or more of the
examinations authorized under this subchapter in order to determine the
competency of the person to drive. The department may require the person to
be examined by a physician, a
certified registered nurse practitioner, a
physician assistant or a licensed psychologist designated by the department
or may require the person to undergo an examination by a physician, a
certified registered nurse practitioner, a physician assistant or
psychologist of the person's choice. If the department designates the
physician, a certified registered nurse practitioner, a physician assistant
or licensed psychologist, the licensed driver or applicant may, in addition,
cause a written report
to be forwarded to the department by a physician, a
certified registered nurse practitioner, a physician assistant or a licensed
psychologist of the driver's or applicant's choice. Vision qualifications may
be determined by an optometrist or ophthalmologi
st. The department shall
appoint one or more qualified persons who shall consider all medical reports
and testimony in order to determine the competency of the driver or the
applicant to drive.