I live on a bare-bones disability pension. Although I am mobile, it is hard for me to live without my own transportation.
I have recently moved back to B.C. after two years in Ontario. I am driving the same vehicle I left in. Because I am "importing" the car into B.C., I had to have it inspected. I was shocked to discover that it will take at least $800 to get the car up to par.
I love my van. It's built like a tank, drives well and I've taken very good care of it. I'm not trying to foist a defective car on an unsuspecting buyer. It's my car: I just want to keep driving it. I'm all for safety, but I'm beginning to think that these inspections are really aimed at getting gas-guzzlers off the road, not about safety.
I can't afford to buy another vehicle. I live in the country to save money, and the closest store is more than three kilometres away. I work part time and my work is 15 kilometres away. I would love to have a nice, shiny, new car but that's not going to happen. Instead, I may end up carless and trapped and have to give up the little bit of work that makes being on a pension workable.
ICBC, is this really about safety? It seems to me that it amounts to discrimination against the poor, because let's face it, who drives old cars? The poor.
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