I have a situation I was hoping you could shed some light on for me. I have driven trucks all my adult life and own various sizes of equipment ranging from full-size vans to tractor-trailers.
I currently hold a Nova Scotia Class 3 licence. I have extensive wheel time in tractor-trailers in downtown and highway applications, however the Registry of Motor Vehicles will not issue me a Class 1 licence because I only have sight in one eye.
A great many years ago, this would not have been an issue, but at some point someone for some reason decided to change the requirements and grandfathered out all one-eyed truck drivers.
Now, before all you two-eyed drivers start closing one eye and saying ‘I don’t blame them,’ you need to realize I have been driving like this for over 25 years and have adapted nicely, thank you.
All I would ask is for an equal opportunity to prove myself, no matter what test they decided to throw at me. In a separate but similar situation, there was a one-eyed pilot who was banned from applying for his pilot’s licence. He fought it right through to the Supreme Court and won his right to be tested on an individual basis, because the overall ruling was discriminatory against him by implying that just because one person with sight in one eye could not fly, doesn’t mean we all can’t.
I would just like my chance to prove my abilities without the cost of bringing it to the Supreme Court for a ruling.
Lower Sackville, N.S.
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