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Is Alberta Commercial Driver Training Mandatory?

With the increase in the number of accidents, this past year, the Alberta Provincial Government implemented mandatory commercial driver training in an effort to strengthen safety requirements following the coach bus and semi-trailer truck crash that claimed the lives of 16 Humboldt Broncos teammate’s lives.

What the new Training entails

In an effort to ensure that commercial truck drivers are better trained, and the highways are safer, Class 1 (commercial truck) drivers and Class 2 (commercial bus) drivers will be exposed to:

• enhanced driving school curriculums
• new training hours
• on-the-road testing

As of March 2019, drivers wanting a Class 1 or Class 2 license must take an entry level course that includes in-class, in-vehicle, and in-yard training. Additionally, they will also receive 125 training hours of air brake testing. Also, examiners and instructors will be government employees who’ve been re—trained and tested in this newer curriculum so they are qualified to teach it.

New Requirements for Commercial Drivers and Carriers

Alberta Province is the home to over 25,000 commercial carriers that operate more than 150,000 commercial vehicles. Since January 1st, 2019 they are now required to:

• must complete a required compliance and safety class, and complete an expertise test before they can operate a commercial truck

• must provide compliance documentation with their Safety Fitness Certificate application; certificate must be renewed every 3 years

• must undergo a third-party review ensuring that they are compliant with Federal and Provincial safety regulations within their first year of operating a commercial truck

Changes to Road Testing for Commercial Licenses in Alberta

Up until March 1st, 2019, Alberta Province had 153 testers conducting private road exams. Since that time, the has been administering all road exams and no longer permits private road testing. This was done in the hopes of reducing the number of complaints that the government receives regarding high fees, lack or access in the smaller centers, and poor or unprofessional service.

A flat fee of $219 for a Class 1 license and $83 for a Class 5 license no applies. The current plan calls for the hiring of 161 government employed road testers. However, many of the existing road testers were hired by the Provincial Government in order to fill those positions.

To cur the number of accidents and related claims being filed for personal injury, mandatory training for higher safety is essential. However, if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is important to seek damages as injuries can be severe. It helps to hire the services of a personal injury lawyer in Airdrie and Lloydminster as they understand such claims better.

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