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Cold Lake council sending concerns on driver tests

Cold Lake council says it isn’t impressed with the provincial plan to take over driver exams. The council has decided to send a letter to Service Alberta after the NDP government announced on October 2nd that drivers license road exams would fall back into government control. Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland says concern was raised from some residents over what would happen to the program under the eye of the government.

“You know when you’re out here in rural Alberta, [People are asking] is the quality and level of service going to diminish?.”

The changes are expected to come into effect by March 1st. Bonnyville-Cold Lake MLA Scott Cyr has also raised his objection. Copeland says Cold Lake council wants the province to take a good look at the changes and make sure its fair for all Albertans.

“It might work in a big city like Edmonton, Red Deer or Calgary. Out here in rural Alberta, in our opinion, it’s not the way to go. We have contractors in place that have been doing a great job.”

The NDP says the changes were in part due to the investigation around the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Road tests are currently handled by 153 private operations across the province.

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