Seniors taking driving test forced to drive certain kinds of vehicles

MLA Donna Barnett, in her column, did not mention a detail that Minister Shirley Bond gave in a TV interview.

Editor:

MLA Donna Barnett, in her column, did not mention a detail that Minister Shirley Bond gave in a TV interview:  the “additional on-road evaluation” will be done in a vehicle with dual brakes.

That means that the elderly driver, who has trouble with a touch-screen test, will be able to get over that by driving an unfamiliar car, perhaps an automatic, which they’ve never driven, or a compact car when they’re used to a huge vehicle.

Why doesn’t the government just go whole-hog and have them tested in something like an articulated timber-skidder?

One of the news articles mentioned that the company (from Alberta?) giving the test is the only one in North America that does it.

This leads me to believe that few if any other governments have seen the need to spend taxpayers’ funds on this type of contract.

Hal Giles

Williams Lake