Privatized driver exams could become reality

TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Tories are hoping to privatize driver examination services by the end of this year, in an effort to reduce waiting lists.

Transportation Minister Brad Clark made the announcement yesterday, and it was applauded by the opposition Liberals.

“The private sector can provide longer hours of service, they can open their offices at different hours than what we can do right now with the collective agreements,” says Clark. “It enables us to broaden our services, to provide better services to the customers.”

The New Democrats griped at the idea, saying it will jeopardize highway safety.

“Shame on this minister for abandoning any concept of highway safety,” New Democrat Peter Kormos told the legislature.

The change is a result of the new Improving Customer Service for Road Users Act, which was unveiled yesterday. It is still unclear whether the proposed changes will affect the commercial licensing process.

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