MPP seeks li­cence law change

The Glengarry News - - Our Country Correspond­ents -

MPP Jim McDonell has launched a pe­ti­tion to im­pose a “rea­son­able” ser­vice guar­an­tee for On­tario driv­ers wait­ing to be re-in­stated af­ter a med­i­cal re­view.

“A li­cence is sus­pended im­me­di­ately upon the Min­istry be­ing no­ti­fied that some­one’s con­di­tion may make them an un­safe driver,” pointed out the Stor­mont- Dun­das- South Glen­garry Con­ser­va­tive MPP.

“That part of the process is a rea­son­able pub­lic safety mea­sure. Once a doc­tor clears the pa­tient to drive again, how­ever, the Min­istry lets the file sit on a desk for 30 busi­ness days be­fore re-in­stat­ing the li­cence. This makes no sense. MTO’s dili­gence in sus­pend­ing the li­cence should be matched by an equal com­mit­ment to set­ting things right.”

He adds: “In our re­gion own­ing and op­er­at­ing a ve­hi­cle isn’t an op­tion – it’s es­sen­tial to carry out daily ac­tiv­i­ties such as work­ing, shop­ping and get­ting to med­i­cal ap­point­ments. The de­lay in re­view­ing com­plete re­in­state­ment ap­pli­ca­tions is en­tirely ar­ti­fi­cial. It has no ba­sis in law, regulation or pub­lic pol­icy, and it must go.”

The pe­ti­tion can be signed at his of­fice at 120 Se­cond St. W. in Corn­wall, or down­loaded from www.jimm­c­donellmpp.ca/pe­ti­tions and mailed to the of­fice. Only orig­i­nal sig­na­tures are ac­cepted by the Leg­is­la­ture.

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