Driving tests not fair to seniors

Dear editor,

On Oct. 24. 2012, I took a road test with a DriveABLE tester, as I was 81 years old.

Dear editor,

On Oct. 24. 2012, I took a road test with a DriveABLE tester, as I was 81 years old.

I had to use a car they provided — not my own.

The tester started to talk about his new relationship — also told me two smutty jokes.

I told him he should not talk to me on a road test and he said,  “OK!”

The place I took the test was Courtenay, not Nanaimo as stated on a report. My doctor’s name was incorrect and my name was misspelled.

Sometime later I received the evaluation of my test and it was “failure.”

I wanted to know some details of my failure and was told to contact “freedom of information” office in Victoria by fax. I did this, leaving a week between faxes for them to respond, eight of my errors related to pedestrian crosswalks, likely due to driving a strange vehicle.

I believe too that the talk that the tester initiated may have confused my thinking and actions. He led me to believe that I had done well so it did not occur to me to go right in to the office and report his talking.

I assumed he was testing my driving while conversation was on going; perhaps done by many testers.

However, a pamphlet put out by ICBC stated, the driving tester will not talk to you during your test so you may keep your full attention on your driving!

I have written this letter as I feel the public should know what’s going on with some of we seniors and DriveABLE.

E. Wiegerink,



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