Class 1 driver training and licensing

Last week the Alberta Government announced changes to the Class 1 driver training and licencing by implementing a made-in-Alberta learning pathway for commercial drivers. This learning pathway was developed with input from the commercial driving industry and is designed to increase driver skills, improve safety, and enhance on-the-job training for current and prospective Class 1 drivers. This is a proactive approach to ensure commercial drivers in Alberta develop competency throughout their career. The apprenticeship-style model offers a learning pathway for Albertans to develop the skills to succeed and advance in their career as a professional driver, with the goal of seeking a Red Seal designation and the recognition as a professional trade. These changes will be implemented by March 1, 2025.
Additionally, Alberta’s government is responding to the unique needs of Alberta farmers by exempting them and their immediate family from the requirement for pre-licence training and providing them a farm-restricted Class 1 driver’s licence. This will allow farmers and their immediate families to operate Class 1 vehicles within Alberta only, and for authorized farm purposes only. Farmers who are eligible for the new farm restricted Class 1 driver’s licence must still complete a knowledge test, road test, vision screening and submit a driver medical assessment. This new farm restricted Class 1 driver’s licence will take effect on April 1, 2024.
Continuing with our updates, Alberta’s government is fulfilling its promise to provide seniors with 25% discount on personal registry services to help keep life affordable, benefiting more than 725,000 Alberta seniors starting April 1, 2024. This will help provide some relief to seniors, many of whom are on a fixed income. When seniors visit their preferred registry office, they will be eligible for the discount on services including vehicle and driver-related services like vehicle registration renewals, driver’s licences, standard licence plates, and vital statistics products like marriage licences. The date of purchase must be made April 1, 2024, or later, the senior must be 65 or older on the date of purchase, and no retroactive discounts will be offered. The discount is estimated to have a financial benefit to seniors of $16.5 million to $20 million annually.
These measures highlight our continuous effort to deliver meaningful results for Albertans.

Please feel free to contact me with your feedback or concerns at Chesteremere.Strathmore@assembly.ab.ca.

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Chantelle de Jonge

Chantelle de Jonge

Chantelle de Jonge is the MLA for Chestermere-Strathmore, elected May 29, 2023. She was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for Affordability and Utilities in July 2023. Ms. de Jonge earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in economic and philosophy at the University of Calgary. She Ms. de Jonge believes in giving back through volunteer efforts, including for Faith Beyond Belief and for The Sunrise of Life Center, a home for street children in Tanzania.

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