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Alberta offering new commercial driver abstract

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Commercial drivers in Alberta now have access to a new driver abstract, which officials say aims to improve vehicle safety while providing a more comprehensive record for drivers.


EDMONTON, Alta. — Commercial drivers in Alberta now have access to a new driver abstract, which officials say aims to improve vehicle safety while providing a more comprehensive record for drivers.

The current driver abstract only contains moving violations and information about licence qualification (e.g., cancelled, suspended, etc). The new commercial driver abstract will contain this information and include non-moving National Safety Code (NSC) violations (e.g., Hours-of-Service, load securement, dangerous goods, mechanical issues, etc.) along with Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection results.

The initial commercial driver abstracts will contain this information for the previous three years from the date the abstract is requested. Alberta plans to offer five and 10-year abstracts in the future.

Officials say the new commercial driver abstract provides a more complete driving record and more insight into a commercial driver’s habits, attitudes and compliance history.

“This helps commercial carriers make decisions when hiring new drivers or monitoring current drivers,” officials said in a release. “The more complete record is also an advantage for drivers with good records when seeking employment.”

Drivers can go to any Alberta Registry Agent and request their own commercial driver abstract or their employers or prospective employers can ask them to sign a waiver that allows the employer to request the commercial driver abstract on the driver’s behalf. The abstract costs $15 plus the Registry Agent fee. For a list of Registry Agents, visit http://www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/1641.cfm.

The Alberta government says it consulted extensively with the carrier industry and drivers to develop the new commercial driver abstract.

For more information on Alberta’s new commercial driver abstract, visit http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/4664.htm.


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