Alberta has announced that driver exams for Class 4 (license for a taxi, ambulance, and small bus), class 5 (license to operate most cars, trucks, and vans), and class 6 (license to operate a motorcycle or moped) licences will be privatized.
Alberta government says this will repair the damage done when road tests were nationalized in March 2019, a move that caused half of the province’s driver examiners to leave the system and increased wait times “significantly”. According to the government, the transition to a private delivery model will save taxpayers up to $12.1 million per year.
Albertans can start booking passenger road tests online or at local registry agents starting Dec. 1 for tests to be conducted after Jan. 5, 2021. The new online booking system will connect drivers directly with their local registry agents and drivers will also be able to book tests at their local registry offices.
Alberta says registry agents will be able to hire or contract driver examiners directly and more driver examiners will be available to conduct road tests outside of normal government hours.
Government driver examiners will continue to conduct Class 1 to 3 commercial truck and bus road tests.
As per the new release the new system is based on public survey responses of more than 3,000 Albertans, consultations with industry stakeholders, and a review of road test models across Canada.