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Ontario is Changing License Renewal for Seniors

Web posted on January 28, 2014

Ontario is enhancing its driver's licence renewal program to help seniors who are fit to drive renew their licences. Ontario drivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years. The current cost of renewal for seniors will remain the same at $32. There is no additional cost for a road test.

"Driving plays an important role in helping seniors maintain their independence. These changes strike the right balance in keeping everyone safe on the road by using evidence-based methods to test the ability to drive safely." Susan Eng, CARP vice-president, advocacy.

Starting April 21, 2014, drivers aged 80 and over will no longer have to complete a written knowledge test. The new renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program. Instead, they will participate in a shorter, simpler renewal program that includes:

* a vision test
* a driver record review
* an improved, in-class group education session
* two short, in-class screening exercises

The new screening exercises are simple, non-computerized tasks that help identify drivers who may need further assessment, such as a road test or medical review. Samples of both exercises are available online.

Ontario is the only province in Canada with a mandatory education component for senior driver's licence renewal. "We want to help seniors stay connected and active in the communities they helped to build. Ontario's senior driver programs will help senior drivers who are fit to drive, and pose no risk, renew their licences faster and with less stress." Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs.

"Ontario's senior driver programs aim to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so. 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." Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure.

Enhancements to the senior driver's licence renewal program are supported by the latest scientific research and are part of the Ontario government's plan to make it easier for people to access important government services, when and where they need them.


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