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Age Discrimination

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Update: Due to our postings on this website, the government has reversed these charges and seniors are no longer required to pay for the physical.

August 13, 2008

VIA Facsimile 780 422 2722
Letter to Follow

The Honourable Mr. Luke Ouellette,
Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation
Room # 320 Legislature Building

Dear Sir:

Physical examination requirement

We have learned that a person who reaches the age of 75 years must have a physical examination by a physician before he/she can apply to renew their driving license. They must also bear the cost of that physical examination. Alberta citizens must undergo this examination even though they may never have had an accident or charges laid against them.

Who made the decision for this requirement? When was the decision made?

We allege that this is age discrimination. Young persons applying for licenses are not required to follow this process.

We would be grateful to be in receipt of your response in regard to this matter by the 30th of August, 2008. Thank you.

Yours truly,

Elder Advocates of Alberta Society