Preventable collisions

Alberta Transportation adheres to Standard 7 of the National Safety Code (NSC) “Carrier and Driver Profiles” which includes the collection of reportable collision information. This means all collisions reported to Alberta Transportation involving a regulated commercial vehicle will appear on the carrier’s profile.

Under the Carrier Service’s monitoring program, a carrier may request a collision be evaluated to determine its preventability, which is not to be confused with fault. A driver may not have been found at fault and the collision could still be deemed preventable.

Collisions evaluated through an approved process and deemed to be “non-preventable” will be reflected on their carrier profile and will not be used as part of Carrier Service’s Intervention and Discipline Policy.

Preventability is determined on the basis of whether or not the driver did everything they could have reasonably done or been expected to do to prevent the collision.

Evaluating collisions is a critical part of every carrier’s safety program. Without a proper evaluation, carriers cannot determine the root cause of the collision so that appropriate action can be taken to prevent future collisions. In addition, a thorough internal evaluation may reduce a carrier’s liability.

Alberta Transportation has entered into an agreement with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) to perform some collision evaluations.

A committee administered by AMTA, comprised of trained motor transport industry personnel will review the application and evaluate the collision for preventability and provide a recommendation to the Registrar. The evaluation will be subject to an administrative fee assessed by the AMTA.

Carriers wishing to have a collision evaluated for preventability under Alberta’s NSC program must complete the current application form and submit to the Manager of National Safety Code and Operating Authority.

All applicable sections of the application are required to be fully completed in order for the application to be considered.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Before you apply

Prior to submitting an application for collision evaluation, carriers are encouraged to read:

Request a collision evaluation

Effective January 1, 2020, an application for collision evaluation must be received by Carrier and Vehicle Safety within 90 days from the date the collision occurred.

Carriers may submit an application prior to the collision appearing on their carrier profile.

To have a collision evaluated for preventability under Alberta’s NSC program, complete and submit the following form:

Submit the form by email, fax or mail and all other required documents to:

Manager of Investigations
Carrier and Vehicle Safety
Alberta Transportation
Room 401, Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8

Fax: 403-340-4806
Email: [email protected]

After you apply

Due to the complexity and volume of collision evaluations received by Carrier & Vehicle Safety it may take several months for your application to be reviewed.

For these reasons it is important all required information is included with your initial application and it is submitted as soon as possible after the collision occurred. This will help decrease processing times and avoid any unnecessary delays.

Applications will be reviewed by Carrier & Vehicle Safety or sent to AMTA for further review in the order they were received.

Once a determination has been made, you will be notified by email.