Certificate of Fitness Check

smooth uberator

New Member
Hi all, undergoing the accreditation process and up to the Certificate of fitness for heavy vehicle - commercial drivers.
My local GP is asking $150 for the check. Is this industry standard. Or should I ring around?
 

george manousaridis

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Hi all, undergoing the accreditation process and up to the Certificate of fitness for heavy vehicle - commercial drivers.
My local GP is asking $150 for the check. Is this industry standard. Or should I ring around?
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Where to Mister?

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GPs can generally charge what they like. $150 is at the upper limit of what you could expect to pay. Uber has an arrangement with a medical centre for, I think, $60.

The fee is tax deductible as an expense for income tax.
 

Ben Hall

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Hi all, undergoing the accreditation process and up to the Certificate of fitness for heavy vehicle - commercial drivers.
My local GP is asking $150 for the check. Is this industry standard. Or should I ring around?
It is a long appointment and i doubt you will get it much cheaper. on the last page it does ask the medical practitioner how long they have been treating you. it may seem a little dodgey if you dont use your regular clinic.

Sorry it says the patient been treated at this clinic for...........years and.............momths
 

smooth uberator

New Member
It is a long appointment and i doubt you will get it much cheaper. on the last page it does ask the medical practitioner how long they have been treating you. it may seem a little dodgey if you dont use your regular clinic.


Sorry it says the patient been treated at this clinic for...........years and.............momths

Lol, well I have seen a doctor twice in 5 years. Touch wood, i don't get that sick. So my regular clinic aint so regular either.
 

Ben Hall

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Lol, well I have seen a doctor twice in 5 years. Touch wood, i don't get that sick. So my regular clinic aint so regular either.

it says the patient been treated at this clinic for...........years and.............momths not how often to visit. If you havent been to the clinic for 5 years it wouldnt matter becaus they can say that you have been treated there for 5 years
 

everythingsuber

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I did have 5 years between visits. That was when you could do your accreditation every 5 years. Did confuse the receptionist who didn't seem to understand people could go 5 years without seeing a doctor. All charge around 150 plus GST. I do need to get a further clearance from a specialist because of diabetes but my doctor knows one who bulk bills so that can help.
 

Who is John Galt?

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Hi all, undergoing the accreditation process and up to the Certificate of fitness for heavy vehicle - commercial drivers.
My local GP is asking $150 for the check. Is this industry standard. Or should I ring around?

G'day Smooth,
I don't know anything about this, and quite frankly, I have been a little averse to certificates of fitness ever since one of my secondary school teachers decreed that I wasn't fit for adult life and responsibilities. True to form, I think I have lived up to his expectations. :biggrin:

Another, famously asked me if I was ever going to take anything seriously, and when I answered in the negative, she got all grumpy and frumpy.
Up to that point, I was rather attracted to her, but boy, did she blow her chances with that attitude!

Ummmm..Certificate of Fitness for Heavy Vehicle - commercial drivers....mmm
What the heck are you Übering in? A Mack truck? Surely you have been given the wrong form.

If the form has no questions about mental stability,:biggrin: I might check this out with my doctor and come back to you. I might be wrong, but I cannot believe that this can't be 'Galted' and given favourable treatment by a GP. I have found a great GP who works at a medical centre where everything is on the (Medicare) tab, but this guy is a 'true' doctor. He enquires, probes and gets to the root of problems. He is gruff and doesn't take any crap. But he is true. I might go along and check out his take on this form / examination and come back to you. Can you point me to a download of the form?

Even if this is to be done 'out of pocket' and I do have full private cover (red jocks), surely anything in excess of $50 (keep in mind that that is more than a slab of Coopers Pale Ale!), yes anything in excess of $50 would be simply beyond the Pale!

I once knew a bloke called Joe Prince who for $10 - this is a long time ago - would sign off on any form you gave him, as Joe Prince JP. As he used to say, "My initials are JP, no-one can dispute that". I can't ever recall anybody being written up on the front page of the newspaper as a criminal because ol' JP was able to step up and help them out. This seems to be what is missing in our great country today. The spirit of 'can do', entrepreneurship. I think it died with Bondy. :frown:

Now everything is forms, forms, forms. Bureaucracy. Big government. I'm surprised that we as Überers are not compelled to wear high vis in our hi vis Übermobiles as we delight our lucky riders.

Anyway, Smooth. Come back to me as I have a friend named Margaret Dickson, and she has just sleepily informed me that she would sign any form as Margaret Dickson MD, for another hour of my attention.
That will only cost you $50, Buddy. :smiles:
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george manousaridis

Well-Known Member
G'day Smooth,
I don't know anything about this, and quite frankly, I have been a little averse to certificates of fitness ever since one of my secondary school teachers decreed that I wasn't fit for adult life and responsibilities. True to form, I think I have lived up to his expectations. :biggrin:

Another, famously asked me if I was ever going to take anything seriously, and when I answered in the negative, she got all grumpy and frumpy.
Up to that point, I was rather attracted to her, but boy, did she blow her chances with that attitude!

Ummmm..Certificate of Fitness for Heavy Vehicle - commercial drivers....mmm
What the heck are you Übering in? A Mack truck? Surely you have been given the wrong form.

If the form has no questions about mental stability,:biggrin: I might check this out with my doctor and come back to you. I might be wrong, but I cannot believe that this can't be 'Galted' and given favourable treatment by a GP. I have found a great GP who works at a medical centre where everything is on the (Medicare) tab, but this guy is a 'true' doctor. He enquires, probes and gets to the root of problems. He is gruff and doesn't take any crap. But he is true. I might go along and check out his take on this form / examination and come back to you. Can you point me to a download of the form?

Even if this is to be done 'out of pocket' and I do have full private cover (red jocks), surely anything in excess of $50 (keep in mind that that is more than a slab of Coopers Pale Ale!), yes anything in excess of $50 would be simply beyond the Pale!

I once knew a bloke called Joe Prince who for $10 - this is a long time ago - would sign off on any form you gave him, as Joe Prince JP. As he used to say, "My initials are JP, no-one can dispute that". I can't ever recall anybody being written up on the front page of the newspaper as a criminal because ol' JP was able to step up and help them out. This seems to be what is missing in our great country today. The spirit of 'can do', entrepreneurship. I think it died with Bondy. :frown:

Now everything is forms, forms, forms. Bureaucracy. Big government. I'm surprised that we as Überers are not compelled to wear high vis in our hi vis Übermobiles as we delight our lucky riders.

Anyway, Smooth. Come back to me as I have a friend named Margaret Dickson, and she has just sleepily informed me that she would sign any form as Margaret Dickson MD, for another hour of my attention.
That will only cost you $50, Buddy. :smiles:
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Jack Malarkey

Well-Known Member
Really? I paid cash too.

I really like my doctor but lol
everythingsuber, I'm now suspect your doctor is correct.

I have just checked the 'Australian Master GST Guide' (CCH Australia Ltd, 17th edition, 2016).

On pages 418 to 419 (#13-310), it states in relation to medical practitioner services:

'In general, the provision of medical services is GST-free (s 38-7). The services must be made by, or on behalf of, a medical practitioner, and must be generally accepted in the medical profession as being necessary for the appropriate treatment of the recipient of the supply (ie the patient). Alternatively, they must be services for which Medicare benefit is payable (s 195-1).

...

'GST-free status also extends to medical reports for determining social security entitlements such as disability support pension, carer payment and sickness allowance. A doctor's report for a person who is required to obtain medical certification to get an extension of a driver's licence is also GST-free. However, the ATO considers that this does not apply to doctors' reports used by patients for vocational qualifications, where no Medicare benefit is payable and the service cannot be described as "treatment"'.

I suspect your doctor is correct because the service is not treatment and no Medicare benefit is payable.

My doctor has always treated the cost as GST-free but I now suspect that's incorrect.

See also https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/GST/In-detail/Your-industry/GST-and-health/?page=2#Medicalreports.

I presume that the reason the reports for social security entitlements and licence renewals are GST-free is that a Medicare benefit is payable in those cases.

(UberDriverAU, what do you think?)
 
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smooth uberator

New Member
As per Driver accreditation process, Who is John Galt? I believe you have all the mental and physical abilities. We just have to suffer from your effectiveness. :rolleyes:

"An application for driver accreditation is required to confirm that the driver does not suffer any physical or mental incapacity that would impair their ability to work effectively as the driver of a public vehicle.

A single medical certificate of fitness covers the medical requirements for both driver accreditation and licensing.

All clients with a driver accreditation will be sent a MR713 Certificate of fitness for heavy vehicle and commercial drivers (127.9 KB PDF)when it is due (a purple medical form). You will be required to visit your medical practitioner and/or specialist in order to complete the form. You need to complete sections 1 and 2 before your appointment and your medical practitioner can complete sections 3 and 4, and the declaration in section 5.

The completed certificate will provide a general overview on your medical condition and help determine your fitness to drive a public passenger vehicle and assist passengers."
https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/drivin...ssenger-transport/driving-a-passenger-vehicle
 
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