Vision Waiver Assessment

In May 2005 the ministry introduced a vision waiver program for Class G (G1, G2) for individuals who do not meet the 120 degree horizontal visual field requirement.

The vision waiver program allows individuals who are unable to meet the horizontal visual field requirement the opportunity to demonstrate through a driving evaluation, whether they can compensate for the defect and drive safely.

Criteria for entry into the program include:

Certain driving record requirements (See Ontario Regulation 340/94 s 21.2 for more information)

  • Do not have more than 6 demerit points on his/her driving record
  • Has not had his/her driver's licence suspended within the last 5 years as a result of a Criminal Code conviction for an offence committed by means of a motor vehicle
  • Has not had his/her driver's licence suspended within the last 5 years as a result of certain Highway Traffic Act convictions
  • Has not, within the last 5 years and within the time of vision loss, been involved in a collision with an associated conviction under the Highway Traffic Act for certain offences
  • Meets all other qualifications for the applicable class of licence
  • Does not have a medical or visual condition or disability that, alone or combined with a reduced visual field, may significantly impair driving ability.
  • Satisfactory medical report
  • Satisfactory vision assessment from an optometrist or ophthalmologist
  • Functional assessment from an approved assessment centre for Class G Vision Waivers

The functional assessment consists of a number of standardized tests, both in-clinic and on-road.

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