03/05/2015 09:05 EST | Updated 05/05/2015 05:59 EDT

Commission says docs should be reporting unsafe drivers, wants clearer rules

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Law Reform Commission is recommending the province change the wording in the Highway Traffic Act to make the rules about reporting unsafe drivers clearer.

Currently, doctors and optometrists have a legal duty to report someone who shouldn’t be driving because of a medical condition.

But the commission says not everyone is complying.

It cites an Ontario study that concludes unsafe drivers often go to the doctor, but are rarely reported to licensing authorities.

Commission spokeswoman Elizabeth McCandless says other research showed some doctors worried about the privacy implications and were unclear whether it’s mandatory to report or not.

She says doctors are also reluctant to report because they’re worried about how it will jeopardize their relationship with their patient.