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The Alberta government is carrying out a pilot project in relation
to the licensing of seniors.
The protocol carried out in cooperating medical clinics is as follows:
When the unsuspecting senior arrives at the medical clinic expecting
to have a physical exam, he is led to a room by a registered nurse
who administers a mental test (Simard MD), timed with a stop watch.
He / she may be given a physical exam. Then all the seniors personal
health information and results of the Simard MD (without his permission
or even knowledge) is forwarded to Driveable.
Seniors have reported to us that as soon as they arrived home from the
doctors office, they received aggressive phone calls from DriveAble
instructing them to come in for testing. They report that they are
threatened that if they do not attend at DriveAble, they will not get their
license renewed. They obediently go because they want that license.
Most seniors who have never been computer literate do not do well on
the DriveAble computer test.
The results of all this testing is then forwarded to Alberta Government
Driver Fitness and Monitoring staff at the Alberta Motor Vehicles licensing
We have been informed that seniors who successfully passed the road
test but flubbed the computer DriveAble test are denied their driving license
by Alberta government Driver Fitness and Monitoring staff
We have also learned of those who scored low on the Simard MD because
English is their second language. These persons speak well and were
successful business people but have difficulty with the testing.
Finally, in Alberta, the legal requirement to have one’s license renewed is that
1) a physician examine the senior who wishes to have his license renewed
2) the physician sign the Medical Examination For Motor Vehicle Operators
document which certifies that on the noted date, he examined the senior in
accordance with Safety Code Medical Standards.
3) If the physician does not recommend a driver’s examination, then the
applicant senior has met the full requirement to have his Alberta Driving
License renewed never mind Simard MD and DriveAble.
We submit that the Alberta government Driver Fitness and Monitoring staff are
acting untruthfully, deceptively and blatantly high handedly when they deny
licenses to Alberta Senior citizens because of any scores due to Simard MD or
We also find it troubling that professional registered nurses,
whose most notable role is to be a patient advocate, are cooperating in this
deceptive, unfair process..
In a letter posted on our website, MLA Fred Horne (Edmonton-Rutherford)
states that DriveAble is a private for profit company and is not affiliated with the
Alberta government so why are doctor’s offices sending private personal health information
to these folks and why at $200. or $ 250 a shot, is this company allowed to make
a fortune on the backs of seniors?