IN MEMORY OF DICK WILLSON
*New Rules for Ontario’s Senior License Renewal Program
see below *Renew a G license 80 years or older and our "News Page"
Re-Training lessons for senior and mature drivers
Have you been involved in an 'at fault' collision and are over 70?
You will eventually be sent a letter by the M.T.O. to do a written test, a vision test and will have to take a G2 road test?
This road test involves city & highway driving as well as a number of parking maneuvers such as a Parallel Park, Three Point Turn and a Roadside Stop.
Let us help prepare you for the test.
Seniors in particular benefit from the help and advice of our office staff along with the aid and assistance in how to understand any Ministry regulations in regaining their license.
Special to The Globe and Mail (Published Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015)
Drivers over 70, who are charged with any offence or lose any points are being asked to take a driving test
If you’re an ordinary Ontario driver who’s 70 or over, you have to take a road test after a ticket — but only if you’ve been in an at-fault crash.
Regulation 340/94, section 16 of the Highway Traffic Act requires a road test starting at 70 for drivers “convicted of an offence related to an at-fault traffic collision,” Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) spokesman Ajay Woozageer said in an email statement. “Simply being charged is not enough to trigger the requirements of the program,” Woozageer said. “The threshold required to test a driver 70 and over is a conviction, this is the triggering event.”
Here’s how it works: Let's say, for example, that you're 73, you hit another car and are convicted of not stopping at a red light. To keep your license, you’d have to pass a vision test, a knowledge test and a G2 driver’s test — including the road portion. If you’re licensed to drive a heavy truck, bus, or ambulance, the rules are stricter — in that case, you could have to take a road test if you get more than two demerits. And, it starts at 65.
The 70 and over rule is no spring chicken — it’s been around, unchanged, since 1936, Woozageer said. Ontario’s the only province with this rule.
As we’re all staying healthier longer than we were nearly 80 years ago, why is the cut off still 70? From 2002-2011 in Ontario, drivers 70 and over had an at fault fatal collision involvement rate that was about one and a half times higher than drivers under 70, Woozageer said. “The research also shows that due to their physical frailty, drivers age 70 years and over are more likely to be killed or injured, even in low impact collisions that do not result in serious injuries among younger drivers,” Woozageer says.
Carol Libman, with the senior’s advocacy group CARP, says 70 is an arbitrary cut-off. “We’re not really in favour of that — if a 71-year-old gets in an accident with a 69-year-old, what’s the difference?” Libman says. “People will get into accidents at different ages and get fined, their insurance rates will go up — they may have to take a driving test at any age.”
RICHARD WILLSON MEMORIAM 22nd June 2019
It was with great sadness that Progressive Driving School has learned of the passing of one of its former instructors and colleagues, Richard ‘Dick’ Willson.
Peter Keddie the owner of the school said that Dick gave great loyal service to Progressive Driving for twenty-five years “Dick was the first instructor I hired, and was a very patient, empathetic and kind teacher to all his students”. “He had qualities of what is now mostly absent in business, with his values, ethics and integrity, and went a long way to making Progressive Driving the school it is today”. “He will be missed by all his former associates and past students, and I personally will miss his presence”.
“Unfortunately, most of the driving instructors in Thunder Bay over the last few years may not have known Dick and his commitment in trying to make Thunder Bay’s roads safer, they are the poorer for this and could well take a minute to reflect on him advancing driver education in Thunder Bay”.