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Lakeland MLA not impressed with new drivers license testing

A Lakeland MLA is speaking up after changes in the Alberta drivers license program. The government of Alberta announced on October 2nd that private operations will be taken over by the province when it comes to taking a drivers license test in the province. Bonnyville-Cold Lake MLA Scott Cyr says the overhaul isn’t needed.

“To be honest, it looks like they’re fixing something that isn’t broken. I’ll tell you, there seems to be little to no justification for the changes that are brought forward.”

Some of the changes Cyr is mentioning include the hiring of around 153 private testers as government employees. New fee pricing for licensing will also come into effect. Cyr says the new program ends up being a massive fix to a smaller scale problem.

“You deal with the people that are out-of-line if you will. You don’t go and penalize the entire industry as being unsafe or irresponsible.”

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Alberta Minister of Transportation Brian Mason had promised to make changes after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in April. Alberta was thought to be the only place in North America that had let private entities test for drivers licenses.

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