A commercial carrier is the owner of one or more commercial vehicles used to transport goods or passengers.

There are more than 25,000 regulated commercial carriers registered in Alberta, operating more than 150,000 vehicles. Roughly 4,000 new carriers enter the commercial trucking industry in our province every year.

Carriers must obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate before they can begin operations.

What’s changing

Starting January 1, 2019:

Temporary Safety Fitness Certificates will no longer be issued.

Existing carriers

Existing carriers currently operating under the authority of a Temporary Safety Fitness Certificate must submit an application for a Safety Fitness Certificate within 60 days of the date the temporary certificate was issued. Failure to do this may result in a suspension or downgrading of their safety fitness rating.

New carriers

New carriers will continue to register regulated commercial vehicles at Alberta registry agencies. However, new carriers are not able to legally operate until they get a Safety Fitness Certificate.

Carriers that do not complete an application by February 28, 2019 will be required to complete the Pre-Entry Program for New National Safety Code Carriers starting March 1, 2019.

Carriers operating without a Safety Fitness Certificate may:

  • have their certificate of registration cancelled or suspended
  • be issued an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 per instance
  • be issued an Unsatisfactory Safety Fitness Rating which will prevent them from operating for at least 6 months in accordance with section 36(2) of the Commercial Vehicle Certificate and Insurance Regulation.

Starting March 1, 2019:

Safety Fitness Certificates for all carriers, which previously had no expiry date, will be issued with an expiry date.

Existing carriers

Existing carriers with permanent Safety Fitness Certificates will be required to renew their Safety Fitness Certificate between 2019 and 2022. Alberta Transportation will mail reminder notices in 2019 to these carriers.

New carriers

In addition to completing a Safety Fitness Certificate application, new carriers will be required to complete the Pre-Entry Program for New National Safety Code Carriers which includes:

  • successful completion of the online Safety and Compliance course
  • a passing mark (80%) in the Pre-Entry Knowledge Test administered by Alberta registry agencies
  • successful completion of the new carrier compliance review within 12 months of operation

Public engagement

We received feedback from more than 3,300 key stakeholders and members of the public on three initiatives to improve traffic safety in Alberta:

  • mandatory entry-level training for all commercial truck and bus drivers
  • pre-entry requirements for new commercial carriers
  • returning the road test program to a government-run model

The majority of participants supported enhanced pre-entry requirements for new commercial carriers.

Learn more about the engagement