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B.C. scraps medical exemptions for seatbelt use

VICTORIA, B.C. -- There's no longer any excuse - not even medical - to not wear a seatbelt in B.C.


VICTORIA, B.C. — There’s no longer any excuse – not even medical – to not wear a seatbelt in B.C.

Changes to the province’s Motor Vehicle Act have done away with the exemption for not wearing a seatbelt for medical reasons.

The changes also require occupational therapists and nurse practitioners to report any conditions or impairments that may affect someone’s ability to drive, much like doctors must do today.

The province said it conducted extensive consultation with the medical community and found that there’s no medical reason to not wear a seatbelt.


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