More Alberta carriers to require safety fitness certificates

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EDMONTON, Alta. — Alberta Transportation is lowering the weight threshold for carriers who must obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate under the province’s National Safety Code (NSC) program.

As of May 1, carriers operating commercial vehicles weighing 11,794 kg (26,000 lbs) will be required to obtain the certificate, bringing the province more in line with other provinces, and to coincide with the International Registration Plan. Currently, only vehicles weighing 18,000 kg or more require the Safety Fitness Certificate.

The change has been approved following consultation sessions in six Alberta cities in September, 2000.

Carriers operating vehicles weighing 11,794 kgs. or more must now: obtain an Alberta Safety Fitness Certificate; require and inspection of the vehicle under the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program; ensure their safety and maintenance plans include policies and procedures for vehicles weighing more than 11,794 kgs and their drivers; comply with drivers hours of service regulations, even while operating solely in Alberta; be aware that convictions, accidents and inspections will be monitored under the province’s NSC compliance program; and be aware that some carrier permits may be impacted.

For more information, contact Wayne Lilley of the NSC at 403-340-5021.

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