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According to British Columbia’s Superintendent of Motor Vehicles it will pay the multi-million dollar, private for profit, DriveABLE ASSESSMENT CORPORATION INC. and its contractors almost $2 million a year to give driver testing to B.C. seniors B.C. drivers over the age of 80 must take a medical & screening test with their physician every two […]
Last year’s road toll has fuelled prejudice towards older drivers. The focus used to be on young, fast, drunk and tired drivers. Now some people want to put the brakes on older drivers, arguing they are more likely to have crashes and should, therefore, get off the road. It is difficult to select an age […]
Senior drivers are thought to be a menace on our roads. This is a myth. In fact, seniors who drive are subjected to all the normal legal obligations and then some. When they reach the age of 80 in B.C., they receive the demand to attend at a doctor’s office for a cognitive and physical […]
From Edmonton Journal Letters – February 27, 2014 Alberta Transportation statistics show that seniors are the safest drivers on our roads. Yet, in 2008, the minister of transportation introduced a pilot project that subjected all Albertans at age 75 to a medical fitness assessment. In many medical clinics, a cognitive test called the Simard MD […]
It has been widely published that the Simard MD cognitive test was developed by Bonnie Dobbs PhD and Donald Schopflocher PhD, of the Medically At-Risk Driver Centre. (MARD). We challenge the veracity of that assertion. In lectures and public presentations, Bonnie Dobbs presents the Simard MD as a product of their research. She refers to the […]
A B.C. senior says she has lost her independence after being required to re-take her driver’s licence test and then failing it — two outcomes she’s blaming on a lack of language skills, not driving skills. Aino Leskinen, 84, came to Canada from Finland when she was 33. She couldn’t speak English, but could drive. […]
July, 2010 The Introduction of a New Screening Tool for the Identification of Cognitively Impaired Medically At-Risk Drivers: The SIMARD, A Modification of the DemTect, Bonnie M. Dobbs and Donald Schopflocher, (Journal of Primary Care & Community Health July 2010 Vol 1, 2: 119-127) http://jpc.sagepub.com/content/1/2/119.full.pdf+html? ijkey=4CCEVM5wPAVBw&keytype=ref&siteid=spjpc April, 2011 The SIMARD Screening Tool to Identify Unfit […]
The Province’s DriveABLE program tests drivers with a computer touch screen and has resulted in people having their drivers’ licence cancelled. We believe recent efforts to improve the DriveABLE program’s image and accessibility are simply wrongheaded. The program is not “misunderstood” – it is simply wrong: poorly conceived, unsupported by current science, a violation of […]
Challenging the Simard MD Renewing your driving license In Alberta, the legal requirement to have one’s license renewed is that: 1. a physician carries out a physical exam on the senior who wishes to have his license renewed 2. the physician sign the Medical Examination For Motor Vehicle Operators Form which certifies that on the […]
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation introduced discriminatory restrictions and special testing for older drivers in Ontario, under the false pretension that older driver constitute a significantly higher risk in traffic… Letter by Ed Rockburne, RCMP, Retired. Perth Ontario.
Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons is pressing government for an independent review of the DriveABLE program, which assesses a senior’s ability to drive, because he says it’s only accurate half of the time. “Nobody’s got an issue with taking drivers off the road who should be, but when you’ve got the validity of a […]
Compulsory annual driving assessments for Tasmanian drivers aged 85 or older ended on October 2011. This change will place the responsibility of driving in the hands of the driver. The driver is the best person to determine whether or not they should drive, and where they should drive. Older drivers are very good at deciding […]
In this notice to patients, DriveABLE instructs licensed drivers not to drive to their assessment.
In this document from DriveABLE, it is made clear that they target seniors for their assessment programs.
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