A happy-looking Murray Stockton gets behind the wheel again after recently getting his driver’s license back. The longtime local resident lost his license in 2014. The B.C. government will bring in changes to how seniors’ driving is assessed next year. Photo by Keith McNeill

Enhanced road assessment to strengthen road safety

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

VICTORIA – The road assessment that helps determine whether drivers can safely remain at the wheel will be enhanced next year, becoming more accessible and more focused on making B.C.’s roads safer for everyone.

Beginning in March 2018, ICBC will deliver the new enhanced road assessment (ERA) to drivers whom RoadSafetyBC determines need a functional road assessment regarding their medical fitness to drive safely. This assessment will include drivers with medical conditions who currently attend an ICBC re-examination and drivers who are currently referred for a DriveABLE cognitive assessment.

“The enhanced road assessment puts the focus more sharply on whether someone’s still safe to drive their vehicle, and it’s conducted in a way that’s more accessible and will improve safety,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. “The new process is the result of consulting experts and looking at many options, including what other jurisdictions are doing, so drivers can be confident that others around them are qualified to be at the wheel.”

Drivers required to take an ERA will receive it at no cost.

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