Province of Alberta seeking public's input on road test efficiency

Nov 22 2019, 4:45 pm

The Province of Alberta is hoping to reduce the wait times for those looking to get their Class 5 driver’s licence.

A release from the province states that the public is being asked to provide input on the driver examination system through an online survey in the hopes that it will lead to efficiency improvements.

The survey is available from November 21 to December 22 on the Province of Alberta’s website.

“The road test system needs to be fixed. I’m looking forward to hearing from Albertans, registries, government examiners, and AUPE to determine how we can reduce wait times and provide a road test system that works for Albertans,” said Alberta’s Minister of Transportation, Rick McIver, in the release.

The province also noted that it would be reinstating the 30-minute road test system that had been in place before changes were made in March, when the provincial government took over road test exams.

The release states that the on-road time will remain the same at 25 minutes, though the pre-test and post-test examiner interaction will be condensed down to five minutes total, rather than the five minutes prior and up to 15 minutes after that result in the current 45-minute road tests.

“I thank everyone for their patience and our government examiners for their good work,” McIver said.

“There is still more that needs to be done, and we will continue working hard to ensure Albertans have a road test system that works.”

The government expects to be able to deliver an additional 5,000 road tests per month with the 30-minutes appointments when compared to current efficiencies. The 30-minute road tests will be reinstated as of January 2020.