03/13/2013 08:16 EDT | Updated 05/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Red Deer Seniors Protest Against Driver Assessment Tests

RED DEER, Alta. - About 50 seniors demonstrated outside of a hospital in Red Deer, Alta., to protest against tests that help determine if they are fit to have a drivers licence.

Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society says the computer-based tests, which seniors pay for, are not fair and physicians who recommend them have a vested interest in the process.

Under Alberta law, when seniors reach age 75 they must undergo an assessment by a physician in order to continue driving.

If a doctor has concerns, he can refer a senior to take a cognitive drivers assessment test.

Dr. Allen Dobbs, founder of the privately owned DriveABLE Assessment Centres, says the tests are fair and physicians are not paid to refer seniors.

Alberta Transportation says if a physician decides a senior shouldn't continue driving, the senior can appeal the decision.

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