Ontario retooling driver's licence renewal for seniors

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief




Ontario is retooling the driver’s licence renewal program for motorists 80 years of age and older.

Currently, drivers 80 and over must pass a written knowledge test every two years to keep their licence.

The Ministry of Transportation announced Tuesday that it will drop the written exam and instead require seniors to take two screening tests.

According to examples provided by the ministry, a senior could be asked to draw the hands of a clock onto a circle or put an ‘X’ through one letter of the alphabet in a long list of random letters.

Drivers would have to pass a vision test and take part in a group education session.

The ministry would also review a senior’s driving record.

“Ontario’s senior driver programs aim to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so,” Transportation Minister Glen Murray said in a statement. “These changes will help seniors stay on the roads safely with a more streamlined renewal process, while also better flagging those who shouldn’t be driving.”

The renewal session should take about 90 minutes, which is less than half the time of the current process, the ministry says.


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