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Ontario to re-visit annual road test policy for senior drivers

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has said it will consider changing its controversial annual...


TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has said it will consider changing its controversial annual road test requirement for A/Z licence holders over the age of 65.

Ontario is the only province that requires senior drivers to complete an annual road test. The practice results in many veteran drivers hanging up the keys early or downgrading their licence.

The MTO is now looking to find a “more appropriate set of rules that would relax the annual re-testing requirement for drivers with good driving records,” according to an Ontario Trucking Association release.

The OTA and other lobby groups such as the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada have long been appealing to the province to abandon the rule.

“There is still no certainty that any changes will occur, or what those changes might be, but at least MTO is at the table with OTA now actively reviewing the current obsolete policy and seriously considering making it easier for drivers over 65 to keep their licence,” reported the OTA.


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