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4.11. The Prescribing Physician
The physician's major responsibilities are to determine the overall ability of the applicant to drive safely and effectively, including entering and exiting the vehicle, and to identify any defects or limitations the applicant may have in the needed skills and abilities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States (U.S.) Department of Transportation has developed a set of guidelines, "Functional Aspects of Driver Impairment, a Guide for State Medical Advisory Boards," that can assist the physician in making decisions. Copies have been distributed to all Chiefs, Prosthetic Services, and driver rehabilitation specialists.