Back to the future; Alberta ends privatized driver tests in favour of old model

By Dori Modney with files from The Canadian Press and Government of Alberta
October 2, 2018 - 1:40pm

EDMONTON --  It`s out with the old and in with new, as Alberta discontinues the 25-year old privatized model for road testing and will administer road exams directly to new drivers.

Transportation Minister Brian Mason says it's the best solution to fix testing plagued by reports of poor service, high fees and lack of access in smaller centres.
We are taking steps to ensure Alberta’s driver examination model is safe, transparent and secure. We committed to consulting and working with registry agents, and we did just that. These changes maintain the vital role that registry agents play in our system and ensure that the important frontline services they provide will continue to be available to Albertans in their communities.”
Beginning March 1, 2019, all driver examinations will be conducted by Government of Alberta employees. Fees for road tests for all classes of driver’s licences will be standardized and services will be accessible at registry agent locations across the province.

There will be a flat fee of $83 for a standard Class 5 licence, while the fee for a Class 1 commercial truck driver will be $219.

There will also be more oversight to ensure that road exams are conducted fairly and consistently.

Alberta has been the only province with fully privatized road testing.

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