Alberta announces graduated licensing

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EDMONTON, Alta. — Alberta has introduced graduated licensing for the province’s new drivers.

In an announcement Dec. 11, Transport Minister Ed Stelmach announced that the measures will be taken May 20 to reduce the number of collisions involving young drivers.

Under the new system, inexperienced drivers will have to go through a two-year probationary period during which they will be restricted to having fewer passengers than regularly licensed drivers, and they will also have fewer demerit points.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada predicts the move could see widespread insurance premium decreases across the province if it’s successful in reducing accidents.

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