19 year-old GDL program in Alberta getting overhaul next spring

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In the past five years, 65 per cent of those with graduated licences did not take the second advanced road test.

The 19 year-old graduated driver's licence program in Alberta is getting an overhaul next spring.

With the current system, new drivers or Class 7 License holders would have to wait a full year and must have a fully licensed person seated next to them while driving, can't drive between midnight and 5 a.m. and have no drugs or alcohol in their system while driving before getting their class 5 GDL, then wait an additional 2 years before taking an advanced road test to get a full licenced.

Next spring, the government of Alberta says it will no longer require the advanced road test for Class 5 (passenger vehicles) and Class 6 (motorcycle) driver's licences, saving those drivers $150.

Alberta Transportation Minister Prasad Panda says an estimated 700,000 Albertans are driving with graduated licence. And in the past five years, 65 percent (525 000) of those with graduated licence did not take the second advanced road test. An additional road test will also no longer be mandatory to obtain a Class 4 driver's licence, which is required to transport passengers in taxis, ride-share vehicles, limousines, small buses and ambulances.
Eliminating the road test was suggested by many Albertans in a 2019 government survey on red-tape reduction.

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