LETTER: Scrap and replace system for testing senior drivers

Editor:

In response to the letter written by M. Debanou I should comment that I just went through a similar situation in order to drive, as I am over 80 years of age.

In a letter from the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles I was told that, because of research, he would require a medical report on my health, citing among other things that medical conditions affecting driving are much more common in drivers aged 80 and older.

What hogwash.

Does this not affect those under 80 as well and, if so, why is there an exemption?

We older drivers are much more diligent and safer on the roads than younger drivers, yet we are being penalized and discriminated because of our age.

It cost me $95 for an eye examination, which my doctor requested, and an additional $150.25 as payment to my doctor in order to sign the report – a princely sum of $245 in order to be able to drive for the next two years.

I have had no speeding tickets in the last 30 years, no accidents for as long as I can remember and my car is in excellent shape and yet, I am instructed to pay this sum of money to satisfy the ego of some idiot in the ministry.

The solution, as I see it, is not through a medical examination, but the ability to control and drive safely.

Would it not be a better idea to ask the driver to complete a given form and take it to the nearest car inspection garage and have them certify the driver’s ability to drive one way or another?

This has nothing to do with one’s medical condition but the ability to drive. I would like to see this system scrapped and replaced with another more sensible system for us drivers over 80.

Percy Smith, South Surrey

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