Dead­line ex­tended for farm and school bus driv­ers

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - Con­trib­uted

Al­berta is ex­tend­ing the dead­line for farm­ers and school bus driv­ers to meet train­ing re­quire­ments as new com­mer­cial driv­ers. Farm­ers and farm work­ers can ap­ply for an ex­ten­sion to meet the train­ing and test­ing re­quire­ments for a Class 1 driver’s li­cence be­fore March 1, 2021. New school bus driv­ers will have un­til July 31, 2020 to meet the re­quire­ments for a Class 2 driver’s li­cence.

“The school bus driver and farm­ing in­dus­tries are highly flex­i­ble, sea­sonal in­dus­tries that in­di­cated they need more time to ad­just to the MELT re­quire­ments. Our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to tak­ing steps to work with farm­ers and school bus driv­ers to en­sure we have a ro­bust driver train­ing sys­tem in place that works for in­dus­try, with­out com­pro­mis­ing safety. This ex­ten­sion en­sures these key in­dus­tries can con­tinue their work with­out dis­rup­tion, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the busy back-to-school and har­vest sea­sons,” said Ric McIver, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion.

Quick facts

• Al­berta in­tro­duced Manda­tory En­try-Level Train­ing (MELT) re­quire­ments for driv­ers seek­ing Class 1 and Class 2 com­mer­cial li­cences on March 1, 2019.

• El­i­gi­ble farm­ers and farm work­ers can ap­ply to Al­berta Trans­porta­tion for the MELT dead­line ex­ten­sion un­til Nov. 30, 2020, while el­i­gi­ble school bus driv­ers can ap­ply un­til July 31, 2020.

• Farm­ers and farm work­ers must pass the Class 1 en­hanced knowl­edge and road tests that are based on the MELT cur­ricu­lum be­fore March 1, 2021 to keep their com­mer­cial li­cence.

• School bus driv­ers must pass the Class 2 MELT en­hanced tests by July 31, 2020.

• School bus driv­ers who do not have an S En­dorse­ment on their driver’s li­cence will have un­til July 31, 2020 to com­plete the School Bus Driver Im­prove­ment Pro­gram.

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