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Alberta Graduated Drivers Licensing Program

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ALBERTA GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSING PROGRAM

The G.D.L Graduate Driver Program ensures new drivers get the support, skills and experience they need to handle the complex task of driving.

STAGE ONE (LEARNER)

To obtain a Learner's Licence (Class 7) you must:

  • Be 14 years of age or older.
  • Pass a vision test and a knowledge test on the rules of the road.
  • Have parental consent if UNDER THE AGE OF 18.
  • Have valid identification.

Learner's Conditions

  • Must hold the Learner's licence (Class 7) for at least 1 year.
  • Must be accompanied by a fully licensed (non-G.D.L probationary) driver who is
  • 18 years of age or older and who is seated next to the driver.
  • Are not permitted to drive from midnight to 5 A.M.
  • Are Not permitted to have more passengers than seat belts
  • They will be suspended at 8 demerit points rather than the 15 for fully licensed drivers.
  • Have a zero alcohol level.

STAGE TWO (PROBATIONARY)

To become a Probationary Driver (Class 5-G.D.L) you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older.
  • Have held a Class 7 licence at least one year.
  • Pass the basic Alberta Class 5 road test.

Probationary Conditions

  • Must spend a minimum of 2 years as a probationary driver.
  • Not permitted to have more passengers than seat belts.
  • They will be suspended at 8 demerit points rather than the 15 for fully licensed drivers.
  • Have a zero alcohol level.
  • Can not upgrade to a commercial licence (Classes 1, 2, 3 or 4).
  • Can not serve as an accompanying driver to a learner.
  • They will be suspended at 8 demerit points than fully licensed drivers at 15.
  • Have a zero alcohol level.
  • Can not serve as an accompanying driver to a learner.

To become a fully licensed driver (Class 5) you must:

  • Have been suspension free for the last year of the 2-year Probationary Stage.
  • Pass an advanced road test.

ALBERTA TRAFFIC TICKETS as of April 2017

SPEEDING, CARELESS DRIVING, DISOBEYING STOP SIGNS

These will impact your driving freedom. Traffic tickets result in demerit points, license suspensions, hefty fines and even jail time. On top of that, they can dramatically raise your insurance rates or make you non-insurable.


General SPEEDING FINES will now range from $78 to $474 +gst

Through CONSTRUCTION ZONES from $156 to $949 + gst

FAILING to obey a RED LIGHT will increase from $287 to $488 +gst

Failing to STOP at a SIGNAL/CROSSWALK from $172 to $233+gst

Advancing into an intersection controlled by a RED LIGHT $172 to $389 +gst


One of the biggest problems we have when it comes to fatalities is people running marked stop signs at rural intersections. A trip to a courthouse could also get more expensive: the fees range from $50 to $150.

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