The Government of Alberta enacted Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) on March 1, 2019, to avoid any accidents by requiring Class 1 (tractor-trailer) and Class 2 (bus) operators to get proper training before being evaluated for a Class 1 or Class 2 driver’s license.
Class 3 motorists with at least two (2) years of experience operating Class 3 commercial vehicles may be qualified to participate in the Experience and Equivalency Class 1 MELT Program.
You must present documents demonstrating that you have at least two years of professional experience operating vehicles with three or more axles as part of the registration process. In addition, motorists should include some of the following to indicate whether they meet the standards:
- A signed document(s) from a workplace stating that you have worked for at least two years in an unattended motor vehicle with three or more axles. Include the company’s contact details in the letter.
- A daily report sheet that satisfies the Drivers’ Hours of Service Regulation criteria or perhaps the Government of Canada’s Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations for two years.
- For self-employed professionals, a signed document(s) from clients or providers stating that you drive a vehicle with three or more axles and provide the service to them and that you may have done so for at least two years. You must include clients’ or providers’ contact details in the letter.
Please be aware that the MELT program price doesn’t include the cost of the road test license or the cost of the road test truck rental (2 hours).