Service Alberta and Alberta Transportation announced in October some significant changes to how road tests are delivered in Alberta. They cited many concerns to overhaul the current model.
In order to understand the changes, it is necessary first to know the basics about the current system. Currently, Driver Examiners are licensed by Alberta Transportation, but they are independent contractors – they work neither for the registry nor for the government. Driver Programs and Licensing Standards is responsible for dealing with complaints, assessment, accreditation, etc. Road Tests must be booked through an Alberta Registry. Registries take care of making sure people are eligible for the test and most tests start and end at the registry.
Starting March 1, all road tests will be conducted by Alberta government employees.
Road Test prices will be capped at $83 for Basic and $138 for Advanced plus GST. Booking will be available through a Government of Alberta online booking website or in person at registry offices.
For the average Albertans, most of these changes will not be perceptible – they will still go to a Registry or a registry website to book, they will have a permit printed at a registry, meet the driver examiner at the registry. And when they pass, a registry agent will take care of re-classing their license.
We fully support Alberta Transportation in its efforts to improve driver testing standards in Alberta.
At the end of the day, safety and service are what matters most. Should you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or chat with your friendly Lethbridge Vehicle personnel on your next visit. We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2019. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Posted at 3:10:43 PM