A couple of weeks ago, a couple of Manitoba drivers were told they would need to go to a roadside clinic for a roadside assistance appointment if they didn’t show up to the scheduled appointment.
The test date for the roadside assistance appointments was August 30.
The road test appointments are meant to be for drivers who have a problem, like a flat tire or have lost a tire.
The appointments will help drivers get roadside help.
A spokesman for Manitoba’s Roads and Traffic Services said the service has a policy to assist with the testing of drivers.
He said the number of appointments that would need for a test date has increased this year and the number could be as high as two to three times the normal number.
He said in the past, the number has increased about 15 per cent.
The service does not provide any assistance if the test date is a Saturday or Sunday, or if it is after 8 p.m.
A spokeswoman for the province said in an email that the service provides roadside assistance to motorists who have had a traffic accident.
“The roadside assistance is available to those who have not yet been tested, but need help to determine if they are eligible for roadside assistance,” said spokeswoman Jessica Rizzo.
She said the services are designed to help people with disabilities, but there is no specific training for the service to help those who don’t have a disability.
The service said in its email that there are no requirements to be a disabled person to get roadside transportation assistance.
Drivers who have been tested can choose to take a road test at the roadside or go to an appointment.
The Winnipeg Free Press is asking the public to be vigilant about this road test.
It is not clear if the roadside appointments are being run on a regular basis or if the appointments are a few times a year.
The Manitoba Government is working with the Manitoba Insurance Association to create an online portal for people who need roadside assistance.