Operating Status

Operating Status of Safety Fitness Certificate

All carrier's who operate a commercial vehicle:

  • Solely within Alberta registered for a weight of 11,794 kilograms or greater
  • Outside of Alberta registered for more than 4,500 kilograms; or
  • Originally designed to seat 11 or more persons including the driver, must obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate that displays the appropriate Operating Status.

Under the Canadian Constitution, an Alberta carrier who operates or intends to operate a truck and/or bus;

  • Outside of Alberta is conducting an extra-provincial undertaking and falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government.  Carriers that fall under federal jurisdiction must comply with the federal Motor Vehicle Transport Act (MVTA) and obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate with a "Federal" Operating Status.
  • Solely within Alberta falls under provincial jurisdiction.  These carriers must comply with Alberta's Traffic Safety Act and obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate with a "Provincial" Operating Status.

Carriers’ found to be operating outside of Alberta with a Provincial Operating Status are subject to prosecution and/or having their vehicle detained at roadside, and may have their Operating Status changed to Federal by Alberta Transportation.

A carrier with a;

  • Federal Operating Status whose business has changed to the extent that they intend to cease conducting business outside of Alberta may request that their Operating Status be changed to Provincial.  This option is only for those carriers implementing long term changes to their business and may not be used to address short term operational needs.
  • Provincial Operating Status who now intends to operate outside of Alberta must apply for a Federal Operating Status.

Effects of Changing Operating Status

Alberta carriers changing their operating status (OS) from “Provincial” to “Federal” will effect the regulatory requirements they must comply with. A summary of the most notable changes are outlined in the following table. For more detailed compliance information, visit Alberta Transportation’s web site at www.transportation.alberta.ca/661.htm  or consult our Educational Manual located at www.transportation.alberta.ca/499.htm 
 

Regulatory Requirements

Federal OS

Provincial OS

Requirement to have a Safety Fitness Certificate (SFC)

Applies when your company operates or plans to operate outside of Alberta using at least one vehicle registered for a weight in excess of 4,500 kilograms.

 

* No exemptions

Applies when your company operates solely in Alberta with one or more vehicles registered for a weight of 11,794 kilograms or more.

 

* Farmers are exempt when using farm-plated vehicles transporting their own goods

Have and implement a written safety program that meets regulatory requirements

Safety plan must apply to the employees/drivers of vehicles registered in excess of 4,500 kilograms.

Safety plan must apply to the employees/drivers of vehicles registered for 11,794 kilograms or greater.

Driver files to contain at least the information required by regulation

Requirement applies to all full and part time drivers of vehicles registered in excess of 4,500 kilograms.

Requirement applies to all full and part time drivers of vehicles registered for 11,794 kilograms or greater.

Have and implement a written maintenance program that meets regulatory requirements

Applies to those persons that have or are required to have an SFC (see row 1).

Once required, the program must apply to vehicles registered in excess of 4,500 kilograms.

Applies to those persons that have or are required to have an SFC (see row 1).

Once required, the program must apply to vehicles registered in excess of 4,500 kilograms.

 

* Not required by those persons who do not operate a vehicle registered for 11,794 kilograms or greater.

Comply with drivers’ hours of service regulations

 

* There are major differences between the federal and provincial regulations.  

*Carriers and drivers must comply with the appropriate regulation all the time.

Applies to drivers operating a vehicle registered in excess of 4,500 kilograms.

 

* As federal regulations are much more restrictive, it is critical that carriers and drivers understand this prior to considering operating outside of Alberta as it may have a major impact on their operations.

Applies to drivers operating a vehicle registered for 11,794 kilograms or greater.

It is important that carriers' understand that once they are federal regulated, applicable federal legislation applies to all their NSC regulated vehicles (Truck and Bus) and their drivers, even those that never leave Alberta. 

A carrier’s request for a change in Operating Status will only be considered if the carrier completes and submits;

  • A Change of Operating Status Application Form (pdf 33K), and
  • Submit a $50.00 application fee payable by Visa/Mastercard or by cheque payable to the Government of Alberta.

For more information contact Carrier Service at  403-340-5444.