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Carrier Services monitors, controls and issues safety permits for commercial vehicles. The Registrar may grant permits for exemptions from provincial and federal regulations.

In order for Alberta Transportation and the applicant to perform its due diligence in ensuring effective safety practices, a structured approach is applied when a request is made for an exemption to regulatory requirements.

Carriers that apply for permits must provide relevant information, as required by the Registrar, to support their applications. Information may include (but is not limited to):

• Acceptable safety performance as demonstrated during a National Safety Code (NSC) audit of all or some of the relevant activities of the carrier.
• Acceptable on-road performance shown in the Carrier Profile, as demonstrated by an acceptable Risk-Factor (R-Factor) monitoring score and by violations based on carrier fleet size, industry type, etc.
• Frequency and severity of alleged unsafe practices, as reported in public complaints.

Compliance history as identified by investigations, inspections, or Compliance Review Committee (CRC) meetings.

Permit Application Review Process

For each permit application, the Registrar conducts a review to determine eligibility. The carrier review includes verifying:

1. If the carrier maintains an “Excellent” or “Satisfactory” Safety Fitness Rating;

2. If the carrier has a “Satisfactory Unaudited” Safety Fitness Rating. In this case, the carrier may be issued a permit for a reduced permit term in order for the Registrar to evaluate the carrier’s eligibility for the permit, and to assess the upgrade of their Safety Fitness Rating to “Satisfactory”.

To consider upgrading a Safety Fitness Rating, the carrier must: 

    a) Have valid commercial vehicle registrations for the past 12 consecutive months; 
    b) Not be at any monitoring stage in the past 12 months for collisions, convictions or CVSA inspections; 
    c) Receive an acceptable score on an Alberta NSC audit conducted in the last 24 months; and 
    d) Not be subject to an ongoing investigation or audit.

3. If the carrier has a history of non-compliance to NSC regulatory requirements or other safety permits, and has an acceptable out of service rate and fatigue violation rate.

If a carrier meets the above requirements and there is no foreseen adverse impact on public safety, a permit may be issued.

To apply for permits, refer to the Permit Applications page. For more information on permits or transportation compliance, contact Carrier Services.