The road assessment that determines whether drivers can safely remain at the wheel will be changed next year. Beginning in March 2018, ICBC will deliver the new “Enhanced Road Assessment” (ERA) to drivers who RoadSafetyBC determines need a functional road assessment regarding their medical fitness to drive safely. This could be at-risk seniors or others with health problems referred by a doctor or by a police report. ?The enhanced road assessment puts the focus more sharply on whether someone?s still safe to drive their vehicle, and it?s conducted in a way that?s more accessible and will improve safety,? said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth Thursday. “The new process is the result of consulting experts and looking at many options, including what other jurisdictions are doing, so drivers can be confident that others around them are qualified to be at the wheel.? Here are few of the changes:
- Extend the current ICBC road test to 90 minutes from 75 minutes.
- Eliminate the in-office, computer-based screening that?s currently part of the DriveABLE assessment, which many drivers argued was complicated and stressful.
- Let drivers use their own vehicles, as many drivers said that having to operate an unfamiliar vehicle affects their on-road assessment results.