INCONSISTENCIES FOUND IN POLICIES GOVERNING OLDER DRIVERS

Sep 18, 2012

By Jane Brown

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More older drivers are on the road across North America, but an Associated Press review finds a a variety of rules governing what elderly motorists must do to stay behind the wheel.

Thirty U.S. states plus the District of Columbia have some sort of older-age requirements for driver’s licences.  They range from more vision testing to making elderly drivers renew their licences more frequently than younger people. 

Here in Ontario, drivers who are 80 or older must renew their license every 2 years.  This includes paying the applicable license fee, completing a vision test, a written test on the rules of the road and signs, and taking part in a group education session.  Some participants may be required to take a road test. 

Studies show healthy older drivers aren’t necessarily less safe than younger motorists.

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