Guest author: D. G. Kaye – Aging and Changes: Maintaining the Privilege to Drive | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

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I was elated to be invited over to Sue Vincent’s blog, The Daily Echo, to share a post I wrote about my husband’s experience and red tape we encountered when trying to reinstate his driver’s license.

Guest author: D. G. Kaye – Aging and Changes: Maintaining the Privilege to Drive


On May 10th my husband turned eighty years old. God bless him, he’s made of Teflon because he’s bounced back from many ongoing ailments, many times. Turning eighty in Canada also means, by law, that it’s time to get re-tested with an aptitude and vision test by the Ministry of Transportation, and every two years thereafter to maintain a driver’s license.

My husband is a good driver and has been driving since he’s eight years old! I kid you not! Eight? You may be wondering, but yes, he grew up in a small town outside the big city of Toronto, on a farm. My husband drove a tractor by age eight to help his dad on the farm and began hauling cattle by the age of fourteen, so no surprise he aced his license at sixteen.

At twenty-two, hubby moved to the city and began selling cars, and still does when his health permits him. So it should have been no big deal for him to pass the re-evaluation test, which he did . . . except there was an issue with his vision test – one I wasn’t aware of.

The agent handed him a form asking that it be completed by his eye doctor, filled out after testing him then submitted by fax back to the Ministry to re-instate his license. She told us she would enter the form with the passing grade in the computer system, awaiting the completed eye test confirmation to reinstate his license. Only it wasn’t that simple. . . continue reading


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  1. Hi Debby – I’m going over … but interesting to read about – seeing as where I’m at today here in Canada … cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary, bureaucracy abounds! 🙂

  2. Deb, you’re such a genius at flipping bureaucracy on his head. I’m sure you have enough material to write a book on the subject…while Survivor: Red Tape waits in the wings 🙂 ❤️

    1. Lol you are too funny with your show names. And thanks for the kudos. I told you I’m an FBI LOL 🙂 xoxo

  3. Good story, Deb. I cheered along with your husband (well, he really didn’t cheer but he hoped). Yay it worked!

    1. Thanks Jacqui. One more hurdle crossed off the list.:)

  4. Great post and I’m so glad it worked out well in the end (once you got through all the rigamarole). 😀

    1. Thanks Diana. Persistence is the name of the bureaucratic game! 🙂 x

  5. Congratulations Deb…freedom to drive is thrilling and makes him feel ‘not old’! 🙂

    1. Thanks Balroop, not to mention – my freedom, lol 🙂

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