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Departmental / ministerial suspensions

Departmental/Ministerial suspensions may be imposed for reasons such as a poor driving record, failure to pay a judgement, medical grounds, failure to comply with a Notice to Report and overdue fines.

Alberta Transportation Safety Board

Driving a motor vehicle is an earned privilege that carries a considerable amount of responsibility. The driving habits of each motorist contribute to the level of traffic safety in Alberta. The primary purpose of the province's driver licensing system is to supervise habits and apply enforcement where necessary. In order to achieve this goal, the Board concentrates on driver rehabilitation.

The Board may suspend, for a definite or indefinite period of time, the operator's licence of any person referred by the Registrar, the Minister of Alberta Transportation, by the courts or police. The Board may order that a person take an education program or prescribe other conditions to hold an operators licence.

Before suspending or restricting an operator's licence, the Board gives the person at least 10 days notice in writing and an opportunity to be heard in person, with or without legal counsel.

In making a decision, the Board takes into consideration the person's driving record, driver attitude, driving skills and knowledge, driving disabilities and any other factors it considers relevant.


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