Changes to impaired driving laws

Alberta’s impaired driving laws are changing effective December 1, 2020. A new Roadside Sanction program will keep our roads safer by providing serious and immediate consequences for all impaired drivers. Read Freeing up police and courts to make Alberta safer for more information.

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COVID-19 response: Deadlines, ATSB Board hearings and office closure

Deadline changes

Alberta is temporarily modifying some regulations regarding deadlines to file appeals with the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, as well as deadline to apply to the courts for judicial review of the board’s decisions.

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ATSB Board hearings

Effective March 23, 2020, and until further notice, all Alberta Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) hearings will be via telephone or video link. There will be no in-person hearings.

  • If you are already scheduled for an upcoming hearing, you can expect to hear from the ATSB about how your matter will proceed.
  • If you book a new hearing, you will be informed of how your hearing will proceed.

See detailed information on telephone/video interviews (PDF, 495 KB).

Office closure

ATSB offices are currently closed to the public:

  • email all inquiries to [email protected]
  • do not use mail or courier until further notice

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Overview

The Alberta Transportation Safety Board (ATSB) can suspend your driver's licence for a definite or indefinite period if you are referred by the Registrar of Motor Vehicle Services (Alberta Transportation), the Minister of Alberta Transportation, the courts or police. You may also need to complete an education program or meet other conditions to keep or reinstate your driver’s licence.

The ATSB can review a driver’s conduct for any of the following reasons:

  • referral from the Registrar, for example as a result of a reinstatement condition or information provided to the Registrar by the police
  • referral from the court or from the Minister of Transportation as the minister responsible for the Traffic Safety Act
  • the ATSB has reason to believe that the driver may be:
    • a threat to road safety
    • in violation of condition code M of the driver’s licence - Code M means the licence is under ATSB review

Before suspending or restricting your driver’s licence, the ATSB will give you at least 10 days notice in writing and an opportunity to be heard in person, with or without legal counsel. For more information, visit ATSB’s website.

In making a decision, the ATSB considers your driving record, attitude, driving skills and knowledge, driving disabilities and any other factors it considers relevant.

Contact

To connect with the Alberta Transportation Safety Board:

Hours: 8:15 am to 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

North office (if you live north of Red Deer)

Phone: 780-427-7178 (ext. 6)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-9739

Address:

Alberta Transportation Safety Board
Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 98 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6B 2X3

South office (Red Deer and south)

Phone: 403-297-3466 (ext. 6)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 403-297-4139

Address:

Alberta Transportation Safety Board
Suite 302, Willow Park Centre
10325 Bonaventure Drive Southeast
Calgary, Alberta  T2J 7E4