April 13, 2020
Effective April 9, 2020, the Government of Alberta is extending the expiry dates of select vehicle inspection certificates until May 15, 2020, if the certificate expires between March 17 and May 15, 2020. This includes all:
- Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program certificates and decals;
- Out of Province Motor Vehicle Inspection certificates; and
- Salvage Motor Vehicle Inspection certificates.
The Government of Alberta is also implementing the following changes that will apply only to commercial vehicles providing direct assistance to emergency relief efforts for COVID-19. These changes will remain in effect until August 14, 2020, or 60 days after the public health emergency order ends:
- Issuing exemption permits for some hours of service requirements without charging a permit fee;
- Making it so municipal bylaws that restrict the hours of day commercial vehicles can operate or park are no longer in effect;
- Increasing the weight that wide base single tires can carry on provincial and municipal roads without a permit;
- Exempting commercial vehicles from road bans on provincial and municipal roads; and
- Increasing the weight that commercial vehicles with tridem and tridem drive axle groups can carry on municipal roads to match what they can carry on provincial roads. This does not apply to bridges on the restricted bridge list for vehicles with tridem axles.
“Commercial vehicles providing direct assistance to emergency relief efforts” refers to vehicles that transport essential products and services such as medical and health supplies/equipment, temporary housing/isolation facilities supplies/equipment, emergency groceries, medical and emergency personnel, and fuel. This does not include routine deliveries and the load must be primarily essential supplies and equipment. Vehicles that exceed allowable weights will still be required to obtain an overweight permit.
As the situation evolves, the Government of Alberta may take additional measures.
For full details of these changes and other information about support for commercial carriers during the COVID-19 response, visit: alberta.ca/covid-19-commercial-carrier-information.aspx
If you have any questions or concerns about meeting regulatory requirements, please contact Alberta Transportation’s Carrier and Vehicle Safety Branch at Trans.firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for continuing to deliver your vital role in the supply chain to support Albertans during the pandemic.