DAILY NEWS Feb 14, 2013 9:12 PM - 3 comments

MTO issues bulletin outlining changes to senior driver licensing procedures

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2013-02-14

TORONTO, Ont. -- It’s officially official. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has issued a notice to its signing authorities and registered authorities that licensing rules for A/Z drivers 65 years of age and older are changing.

The bulletin, dated Feb. 12, informed front-line workers that A, B, C, E and F licence holders between the ages of 65 and 79 will no longer have to take an annual road test to renew their licence. The renewal period for their licence and the frequency of their knowledge tests will change from annual to every five years. The visual test and medicals will continue to be required yearly.

Drivers with more than two demerit points, or those who’ve been involved in an at-fault collision may still require a road test.

“These changes address concerns raised by stakeholders over the last several years, including complaints that the current system is time-consuming, costly and discriminatory,” the bulletin read. “These changes will reduce the regulatory burden and testing costs incurred by senior commercial drivers with no expected impact on road safety.”

The changes go into effect April 1.




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RAYMOND

ITS ABOUTH TIME ONTARIO MTO DID SOMETHING .NOW WHANT ABOUTH THE GUYS WHO HAD HANGE IT UP BE FOR THIS DATE I THINK RE STATE THEM I THINK PUT CAP ON AGE 69 COME ON A GUY 70 + GO DOWN ROAD I SAY NO HANGE UP KEYS LET NEW GUYS IN NOW REMBER YOU TO WAS A NEW GUY LETS SAY YOU STARD DRIVE AT 18 AGE NOW 70 AGE THANTS A LONG TIME

Posted February 21, 2013 07:12 PM


Herb Townsend

What about licensed drivers like myself. I had an ACZ My 65th birthday was Feb.11, 2013, I had to downgrade to a DZ. Will I be able to reapply after April 1st and be reinstated to ACZ without doing a driven test or do I just fall through the cracks?

Posted February 15, 2013 08:22 AM


Peter barber

A little "late now" the drivers 65 & over that gave up their "A" lic. & want to get back into driving will still have to start from scratch & likely won't be able to pass the test that they were failing trying to keep their lic when the Gov. of Ont. brought out this stupid action!!!Another "back pedal" on Liberal agenda that shouldn't have happened in the first place

Posted February 15, 2013 06:48 AM


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