Lawsuit: DMV Discriminates Against Disabled Drivers

RALEIGH, N.C. -- An advocacy group representing disabled people is suing the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, charging the agency discriminates against drivers with disabilities.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Disability Rights NC, and it alleges that drivers with disabilities are subjected to unnecessary road testing and medical exams, based on stereotypes and generalizations about people with physical disabilities. The group says DMV is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. Executive Director Vicki Smith said the plaintiffs in the case were referred for testing or medical review by DMV staff based on its policies toward drivers with disabilities. She said the drivers were capable and safe.

A DMV official had no immediate comment on the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon.


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