Senior clarifies her concerns about ICBC testing

Dear editor,

In response to the letter from Sharon Lacey, I must rebut to her criticism of my letter last week.

Dear editor,

In response to the letter from Sharon Lacey, I must rebut to her criticism of my letter last week.

Firstly, my original letter  was edited down in the Record, omitting a few crucial points. In the original letter, I did not object to the medical exam — merely the cost of it — up to $125.

The new mental capacity test given by the family doctor

varies widely from very challenging to quite simple — depending on the doctor. Is this fair?

This test decides whether or not the driver is required to take the computerized test.

The computerized test required is impossible for people who are not computer literate — no matter what their age. If you want a second attempt, it costs you $300.

I didn’t say we shouldn’t have an actual driving test if necessary — just not in Nanaimo or Victoria.

We do get hearing aids when necessary, and part of the medical exam tests our vision.

I hope you think as casually about giving up your independence when you reach the magic age, Sharon.

Mary Gellatly,


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