The DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment

PLEASE NOTE: As of March 1, 2018, RoadSafetyBC will no longer use DriveABLE assessments to assist in determining driver medical fitness. 

As per the November 30, 2017 News Release, RoadSafetyBC will begin using the Enhanced Road Assessment (ERA) to assess driver medical fitness on March 5, 2018. RoadSafetyBC may refer drivers with a medical condition affecting the cognitive, motor and/or sensory functions necessary for driving to the ERA.

If you have been referred to DriveABLE by RoadSafetyBC, you are still required to complete the DriveABLE assessment within the timeframe specified in your referral letter. Both the DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment Tool (DCAT) and the DriveABLE On-Road Evaluation (DORE) components must be completed with the results forwarded to RoadSafetyBC by February 28, 2018. RoadSafetyBC will not pay for any DriveABLE assessments conducted after February 28, 2018.

If you are unable to complete the DriveABLE assessment within the timeframe given in your referral letter, please contact RoadSafetyBC at 1-855-387-7747.

Overview

RoadSafetyBC uses the DriveABLE assessments to help determine if drivers with a known or suspected cognitive impairment are safe to continue driving. Developed in Alberta, DriveABLE is a research‐based, scientific assessment tool which is used across North America to measure how well we remember, reason, and react – the functions essential for safe driving.

A DriveABLE assessment is similar to an eye or hearing test; you cannot study to pass one.

The requirement to undertake a DriveABLE assessment is not related to age. Only drivers with reported cognitive impairment are referred by the Superintendent to have a DriveABLE assessment.

There are two DriveABLE assessments: an in-office assessment which is performed on a touch-sensitive screen (no computer experience is necessary; a mouse and keyboard are never used), and an on-road evaluation which is conducted in a dual-brake vehicle. A driver who passes the in-office assessment does not need to have an on-road evaluation. A driver who does not pass the in-office assessment is offered a secondary opportunity to demonstrate their cognitive fitness to continue driving through an on-road evaluation.

RoadSafetyBC pays the cost of all DriveABLE assessments it requests.

The DriveABLE Process

  1. RoadSafetyBC receives a report (98% of the time from a physician; other times from a police officer or family member) that an individual is thought to have a medical condition that makes them unsafe to drive
  2. RoadSafetyBC either:
    a) Makes a licensing decision based on the information received, or
    b) Requests additional medical information or refers an individual for specific medical tests or assessments
  3. In the case of a suspected cognitive impairment, the individual may be referred for a DriveABLE assessment. RoadSafetyBC covers the cost, and the individual is directed to book an appointment by calling the DriveABLE Access Line, toll-free at 1‐888‐475‐4666
  4. The individual has an in‐office DriveABLE assessment. If they pass, the results are submitted to RoadSafetyBC . If the individual does not pass the in‐office assessment, they are offered an opportunity to take a secondary DriveABLE on‐road evaluation
  5. DriveABLE assessment results are submitted to RoadSafetyBC and, subject to the person’s consent, also to their physician
  6. A RoadSafetyBC Adjudicator reviews medical information on file, the results of any in‐office medical assessment by a physician, and the DriveABLE assessment results, and then makes a licensing decision. A letter is then mailed to the individual notifying them of the decision

[Download the DriveABLE Information Guide] (PDF)