, is a driver testing program, primarily for seniors, implemented across Canada and in the United States
. Questions have been raised
about the lack of consistency
in the testing. With only a 15% pass rate, drivers are complaining
about the unfamiliar technology
(youtube - DriveABLE computer use demo
) and the lack of services in rural areas
, where a senior may have to drive several hundred kilometres, to complete the mandatory computer test.
In B.C., driver fitness concerns can be raised by anyone
(pdf), however most reports are through police (i.e.: 911; traffic accident) or by a medical service
, especially after the treatment of a medical condition (ie: a stroke). As well, at age 80, it is mandatory for all seniors to have a medical review
for driver fitness. The medical community has expressed reluctance
in being the final word for driver fitness
, which has over 400+ pages of various conditions that may affect driving ability.
The B.C. Government, responding
to mounting opposition
(youtube link - PSA), has offered a DriveABLE driver road test
to those who failed the DriveABLE computer test in the last six months, as an opportunity to reinstate their cancelled drivers licence.
DriveABLE was developed by Dr. Allen Dobbs
, of the University of Alberta. His wife, researcher Bonnie Dobbs
is behind the SIMARD MD
testing program that is implemented prior to the DriveABLE test. Opposition
to the SIMARD testing is also rising.