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Pettapiece supports call to expedite drivers’ licence reinstatement

September 30, 2016

(Perth-Wellington) – Losing a driver’s licence for medical reasons can be inconvenient, to say the least. But after a doctor clears someone of a condition that might impair one’s ability to drive, many are waiting a month or longer for a licence to be reinstated.

That’s too long, says Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece.

“Bureaucracy should never prevent a healthy person from driving to work, school, or the grocery store,” Pettapiece said. “In rural and small-town Ontario, we depend on our cars.”

The MPP supports a motion that was recently passed in the Ontario legislature calling on the government to institute a five-day service guarantee for anyone cleared to drive. The government’s current processing time is around 30 business days.

Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry, introduced the motion.

“By supporting this motion, the government has signaled its understanding that a month without a licence is far too long when someone has been cleared by their doctor to drive,” said Pettapiece. “I’ll be watching closely to see if the Liberals follow through on a new five-day service guarantee.”

On September 1, the government hiked the price to renew a licence plate sticker. It is now $120 for one year, up from $108. It is also 62 percent higher than the cost in 2011.

“If the government keeps hiking fees, at some point we should expect better service,” Pettapiece said.

Pettapiece is encouraging constituents to express their views to the Minister of Transportation. He can be contacted at 416-327-9200 or by email: minister.mto@ontario.ca.

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