New regulations on the designated driver industry set to come into effect in 2017 could mean there will soon be more drunk drivers on the road in Oshawa, driving company owners warn.
The new regulations are seeing some backlash from the designated driving-companies that say many of the changes are unnecessary, and will make it harder to find drivers. However, city officials are claiming that they’re only looking to make sure the services are safe to use.
The new bylaw requires that drivers are at least 25 years old, are affiliated with a licensed designated driving broker, and have a “G” driver’s license. Drivers must also provide a Criminal Information Report with Vulnerable Sector Screening, a driver’s abstract (record), and a city-approved medical clearance letter.
As well as the previously mentioned regulations, designated drivers will also have to get explicit permission to drive a client’s car, can only drive people back who came to a site in that particular vehicle, must see a current permit and insurance before they can get behind the wheel of a client’s car.
Donna Sabo, owner of designated driving service You Drink We Drive, said to the Toronto Star, that 90 per cent of her drivers have said they won’t file for the license.
Donna Sabo joined the Afternoon Drive show to discuss with Kelly Cutrara why these new regulations will cause more drunk drivers to be on the streets of Oshawa.