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Alberta Government Considers Taking Back Driver Examinations Affecting 153 Examiners - No Individual Driver Examiner or Albertan Contributed to Tantus Report.
SOURCE: CDEA (Certified Driver Examiners Association) official news release view pdf file here
CALGARY, AB August 20, 2018
Certified Driver Examiner’s Association (CDEA) was not previously made aware of the Alberta Government announcement on July 10, 2018 considering a move to publicly run driver examinations effective January 1, 2019. The decision was based on findings of a 2016 report by Tantus Solutions Group Inc. regarding the Provincial Driver Examination Model Review.
“The Government never shared the results of the 2016 report or consulted with industry stakeholders before their announcement on July 10, 2018,” said Pete Llewellyn, Executive Director, CDEA. The Alberta Government determined that a possible solution is to repatriate driver examiners under the Government. CDEA sees this as an unexpected, unprecedented impact on driver examiners and the industry.
No Albertans or Driver Examiners directly contributed to the report. Concerns raised in the Tantus Report include the high cost of road test fees, client complaints and availability of testing in rural areas. The Tantus Report is based on interviews with representatives from Certified Driver Examiners Association, Alberta Motor Association, Association of Alberta Registry Agents, Alberta Motor Transport Association and internal stakeholders such as Service Alberta’s Special Investigations Unit and Registry Services to gather feedback on the current regulations. ”It would have been nice to be consulted on such a major change and impact on my business “ said Dennis Horan examiner of 25 years in the Province of Alberta.
Since 2016, CDEA members have undertaken over 200,000 plus road tests with an average of 200 complaints per year. The Alberta Government advised that there had been 40 formal investigations in a 36-month period. CDEA’s record illustrates a high level of professionalism in an industry that cares about their client’s experience and provides superior customer service for safe driving across our province”, - Pete Llewellyn added.
In terms of fee structure, when Government compares road test fees to other provinces, the report does not mention provincial subsidization. In the Province of British Columbia a class 5 road test is $35.00. “Do Albertans want a subsidized system of testing, or one where the user pays for the cost of the road test? I believe only the public can answer that question” commented Holly Kalmring, CDEA Treasury Director.
About Certified Driver Examiner’s Association
Certified Driver Examiner’s Association has been representing examiners in the province of Alberta for 25 years since privatization in 1993.
Most Frequently Asked Questions about road testing in Alberta:
What is the status of the Driver Examiner?
The Driver Examiner is an independent contractor and is not associated with any driving school, nor the examiners are employees or associates of the Registries.
When was the road testing privatized?
Why was the road testing model privatized?
To cut the Government spending.
What is included in the cost of the road test in Alberta?
Examiner Fee, Registry Fee, Government Fee (In some cases, On-Line System Booking Fee)
How much does the Registry charge for printing the permit?
The Registry Fee is uncapped and may be equal to the Examiner's Fee.
Who pays for the On-Line booking system?
There are currently 2 major online booking systems in the Province:
How many road tests were performed last year in the Province of Alberta?
How many examiners are in the Province of Alberta?
Approximately 153 examiners
How many complaints a year are filed against driver examiners?
Approximately 200 complaints per year per approximately 153 examiners.
What are the waiting times for the road test in Alberta?
In major centers in Alberta, it is usually the same day or next day somewhere in the city. In rural areas the wait time increase as they are being serviced once a week or month, depending on the demands of the location.
What are wait times in other provinces?
This can vary from province to province. Some major centers are up to 6 weeks waiting time. Rural areas may take even longer.
What is the cost of the road test in other provinces?
It is hard to compare the actual cost, as the majority of it is masked by the Government subsidy and many other fees the client has to pay to obtain their license. For example: The motorcycle test in Alberta is $ 115.00 on average and is a per test fee only. In Saskatchewan the cost of obtaining the license combines many other fees and is over $ 3000.00 in overall expenses to the person wishing to get their motorcycle license.
What triggered the recent proposal to change the testing model once again?
The Honorable Mr. Brian Mason in his News release indicated that the Humboldt Tragedy was the catalyst to change the professional driver training requirements and to tighten up the training requirements in the professional driver industry. At this time, we would like to remind everyone that the driver examiners do not provide any training to anybody in the Province.
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