You are not alone.

Many caregivers face this difficult issue. The following questions and answers will help you understand the process of driving cessation for a person with dementia.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is dementia?

2. Is driving safety in dementia a big problem?

3. Why is driving and dementia a problem in Nova Scotia?

4. What are the risks of driving with dementia?

5. What do I need to know to help a person with dementia to stop driving?

6. When should someone with dementia stop driving?

7. What should I look for?

8. Is it possible that the driver will voluntarily stop driving?

9. What about driving tests?

10. What should I expect when going for testing at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre?

11. What should I expect when going for testing at DriveABLE™?

12. What should I expect when going for testing at the Registry of Motor Vehicles?

13. What happens when someone is reported to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV)?

  • Who can report someone to the RMV?
  • What happens after the RMV receives a letter?
  • What kind of information is on a driving record?
  • What kind of further information could the RMV request?
  • What happens if the Deputy Registrar decides to suspend the license?
  • What is a re-examination?
  • What happens if the Deputy Registrar asks for a driving re-examination?
  • If a driving re-examination is requested how soon will it have to be done?
  • Can a driver appeal the RMV’s decision?
  • What information is used in the hearing?
  • How does an appeal hearing work?
  • What are the possible outcomes of an appeal hearing?
  • If the license is permanently revoked, can the driver appeal this decision?

14. What strategies can I use to help someone with dementia stop driving, especially if their license has been revoked?

15. How else can we get around?