Port Alberni the closest place for assessment

Older drivers need to drive over the hump to find out if they are fit to drive

The provincial government is opening nine more locations for those drivers, including seniors, who are referred to take the functional cognitive assessment.

The number of locations has grown to 28 from 15 in 2011, with new locations just added in Campbell River, Duncan, Penticton, Port Alberni, Powell River, Salmon Arm, Terrace, Vernon and Williams Lake. Earlier this year, DriveABLE service centres opened in Chilliwack, Cranbrook, North Vancouver and Richmond.

The provincial government says the majority of referrals to DriveABLE by the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) stem from reports to OSMV from medical practitioners who are concerned about an individual’s cognitive abilities related to safe driving.

In 2011, OSMV reviewed 140,000 driver medical examination reports, requiring  about 2,700 or two per cent of those drivers to undertake the assessment.

Government covers the cost of both the in-office and on-road assessments for all drivers it refers.

DriveABLE assessments in Penticton, Powell River, Salmon Arm, Terrace, Vernon and Williams Lake will be based out of the local Service BC office. The provincial government says  it will monitor client levels at all locations to assess how best to provide assessments.                                 — NEWS Staff

 

 

Just Posted

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

Second earthquake in less two hours strikes off Vancouver Island Monday afternoon

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Most Read