In this module, you’ll learn about Alberta Transportation’s monitoring and intervention process.
Timeframe: 30 minsIn this section you will:
The good news is, if you’ve been applying the lessons in this course so far to your own work as a carrier, then you’ve already done a lot to make sure your safety and maintenance programs are in place. But when a carrier’s safety performance continues to decline, the government may intervene to reduce their level of risk.
You shouldn’t wait for a poor safety record to attract the attention of Alberta Transportation or other enforcement agencies before you make improvements.
You can do your own compliance review right now by reviewing your carrier profile report and addressing any issues that show up.
If you notice your drivers are getting lots of convictions or your vehicles have lots of defects, you may need to improve your safety and maintenance programs.
Transportation safety requirements are in place to reduce traffic-related deaths and serious injuries involving commercial vehicles on Alberta highways. If a carrier does not comply with safety laws, the government may intervene with their operations to reduce the risk the carrier poses to the public.
Alberta Transportation monitors Alberta’s carriers by using their history of convictions, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspections and collisions. This information is gathered from on-road enforcement agencies from across North America and includes convictions, inspections, and reportable collisions that occurred in Alberta and in other jurisdictions.
This information is used to calculate a risk factor score. If a carrier’s risk factor score gets too high, they will appear on the Carrier Services monitoring report and Alberta Transportation may then intervene.
Alberta Transportation follows guidelines in the Intervention and Discipline Policy to intervene with a carrier.
Alberta Transportation may audit a carrier for the following reasons:
The time required to complete an audit is dependent on the carrier’s fleet size, their type of operation and their overall level of compliance. During an audit, Alberta Transportation evaluates a carrier’s level of compliance to transportation safety laws. The auditor will look at a sample of records in four main areas of compliance:
A score will be given to the carrier for their level of compliance in each area.
After Alberta Transportation completes an audit, the carrier is given a copy of the full audit report. This report shows all violations that were found by the auditor.
The auditor will also conduct an exit interview to explain the results to the carrier. During this time, the carrier will have the chance to ask questions and sign off on the audit results.
No matter what score they get on the audit, carriers are expected to correct any violations that were identified by the auditor. Carriers can do this by creating an action plan. Alberta Transportation may also take further intervention action depending on the results of the audit. This includes putting conditions on the carrier’s operations, cancelling a carrier’s permits, issuing administrative penalties or other action.
Investigations may be conducted on a carrier for reasons including, but not limited to:
Investigations are different from an audit. While an audit looks at the overall level of compliance of a carrier, an investigation is usually very specific to a single event or type of violation.
For example: If Alberta Transportation receives a complaint from a driver saying their dispatcher makes them drive over the number of hours allowed by law, an investigator may go review that carrier’s hours of service compliance during that time.
Depending on the findings of an investigator, further action may be taken to ensure the carrier does not pose a risk to the public.
Alberta Transportation follows guidelines in the Intervention and Discipline Policy to intervene with a carrier. Intervention is taken based on the safety risk to the public and may involve:
If a carrier is downgraded to an Unsatisfactory rating or if their Safety Fitness Certificate has been suspended, they are not legally allowed to operate commercial vehicles.
Carriers have the right to appeal a decision made by Alberta Transportation. For a fee, a carrier may submit an application to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board for:
An appeal may not be started after 30 days from the date the carrier received written notice of a decision.
In this module, you learned you shouldn’t wait for a poor safety record to attract the attention of Alberta Transportation before you make improvements. You can conduct your own compliance review to ensure your safety and maintenance programs are working well. You can also come up with an action plan to correct issues before they become a bigger problem.
If you don’t correct violations, Alberta Transportation may intervene to reduce the risk your company poses to the public. This may include an audit, investigation, penalties, a suspension or other consequences.