Senior drivers can fill driver void

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Dear Editor:

With all the whining about a driver shortage when is the industry going to protest the unfair practice of re-testing senior drivers every year?

Ontario is the only jurisdiction to do this. I have no objection to more frequent medicals.

As a semi-retired driver it costs me about $500 to take a refresher course at a driving school as that is the only way to get a vehicle. An individual just can’t walk into Ryder or Penske and rent a tractor-trailer for the day.

The US CDL requires re-testing every five years regardless of age, ours should be the same.

The MTO will probably try some bogus safety argument, but if that is their thinking then why not demand a re-test of every US and out-of-province commercial driver?

If they don’t, then they are discriminating against Ontario drivers contrary to their own laws.

I have been encouraged to file a Human Rights complaint, as it seems nobody has as yet.

All the drivers complaining might consider this, imagine if they got 30 or 40 of them all at once, they might reconsider.

Peter McGill

Mississauga, Ont.

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