July 11, 2018
Transportation Minister Brian Mason was on hand at a press conference at the AMTA Calgary office July 10, asking for input as the province moves forward with a plan to improve the training, testing and oversight of all drivers, particularly those in the commercial trucking industry.
The Government of Alberta is launching consultations with Albertans and key stakeholder groups on three proposed initiatives:
- Mandatory Entry Level Training for commercial drivers
- Pre-entry requirements for new commercial carriers
- Modifying the road test model for all driver’s licence classes
“Safety on Alberta roads is a top priority and a commitment of our government,” Minister Mason said in a release. “We have laid the groundwork for changes that will enhance safety and improve services for Albertans. Now we need to hear from Albertans and stakeholders about the best approach.”
“We need to ensure that Alberta’s driver examination model is safe, transparent and secure. And registry agents play a vital role in this system,” said Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson. “They provide frontline services and jobs throughout the province. That’s why we need to consult and work with them on these proposed changes to ensure that Albertans can continue to access these services.”
Alberta plans to introduce mandatory training and enhanced road and knowledge tests for drivers seeking to obtain:
- a Class 1 driver’s licence (tractor trailer)
- a Class 2 driver’s licence (bus)
- an “S” endorsement (school bus)
“The Alberta Motor Transport Association puts safety above all when it comes to the transportation industry,” said AMTA President Chris Nash. “We believe minimum standard training is required for both new and existing commercial drivers and carriers to operate on Alberta’s roadways. We look forward to working with government to develop standard training in the transportation industry.”
Alberta will also consider introducing requirements for new commercial carriers starting business in Alberta to prove their compliance with national standards before receiving safety certification. Right now, the province gives new companies a 60-day period to prove their compliance with federal transportation safety regulations. The province intends to eliminate the 60-day period.