There are indeed medical reasons that require your driver’s licence to be suspended. But there are a host of other issues, everything from depression to cold sores, that have been cited as medical reasons in licence suspensions in Ontario. What’s happening here?
At the core of the issue are MCRs — medical condition reports that can often trigger an automatic suspension, even for a condition that doesn’t impact driving, or a condition the driver may not even have. Why is Ontario handing out hundreds of thousands of these suspensions? Who benefits from all these filings? And what recourse do people have when their ability to drive—and with it, often, their livelihood—is taken away?