Driving the debate on the long road to licence return

Driving the debate on the long road to licence return
MPP Jim McDonell.

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell is calling on the Ontario government to speed up “unacceptable wait times” for the medical reinstatement of a driver’s licence.

The Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP tabled the motion at Queen’s Park on Friday (March 12), hoping he will get more local motorists back behind the wheel.

The Motion reads: “In the opinion of this House, the Ministry of Transportation should institute a five business day service guarantee for re-instating drivers’ licences suspended for medical reasons following certification by a physician, that the person is fit to drive.”

“Hundreds of constituents have signed my petition on the subject,” MPP McDonell said in a statement.

“The government is yet to respond and they continue to put many residents of S-D-SG at risk of losing their livelihood. Unlike in downtown Toronto where the Minister of Transportation hails from, in our region most people can’t take the bus to work – they have to drive. Forcing them to wait 30 business days despite being certified by a physician as medically fit to drive is a job-killing policy.”

According to McDonell, the motion remains on the Order Paper of the Legislature until the time they are either called for debate or the legislature is prorogued.

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