The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the B.C. Superintendent of Motor Vehicles discriminated against Terry Grismer by refusing him a driver’s licence because he had homonymous hemianopia (H. H.) which eliminated most of his left side peripheral vision in both eyes.
Terry Grismer had a stroke in 1984 at age 40. As a result of the stroke, he suffered H.H. Persons with H.H. always have less than 120 degrees of peripheral vision and no person with H.H. is issued a driver’s licence in B.C. The Motor Vehicles Branch cancelled Grismer’s licence.
Grismer claimed that through the use of glasses with prisms, extra mirrors on his truck, and regular movement of his head, he could compensate for his disability and drive safely. He alleged that he was discriminated because he was not given an individual assessment. Instead, the simple fact that he had H.H. barred from having a driver’s licence.
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