Alberta Transportation Safety Board

Who We Are

The Alberta Transportation Safety Board (the "Board") hears appeals of the Registrar's decisions and is the final administrative authority for making operator licence determinations. The Board handles appeals of licence suspensions and vehicle seizures. It is also responsible for hearings under the Railway (Alberta) Act. While the Board reports to the Minister of Transportation, formal decisions are made independently in accordance with governing legislation: the Traffic Safety Act and the Railway (Alberta) Act.

Effective December 1, 2020

New appeals and reviews will no longer come to the Board. All appeals and reviews that are already before the Board, or eligible to be before the Board, as at November 30, 2020, will remain with the Board.

COVID-19 Update

All hearings continue to be heard by video or telephone.

During the recent public health emergency, the deadline for filing appeals was extended. Effective June 16, 2020, that deadline is now back to 30 days. This means that, for decisions or actions that were made on or after June 16, 2020, people wishing to appeal will, once again, have 30 days to file their appeal.

Board offices in both Edmonton and Calgary are currently open. Our business hours are: 8:15 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone lines will also be open during those times.

Documents can be filed in person at either the Edmonton or Calgary office; they can be mailed to the office(s) or clients can continue to file documents using our general mailbox:

Previous COVID-Related Notices:

Transition to SafeRoads Alberta

Rules & Quorum Changes

In June 2020, the Alberta government announced its new roadside sanctions program, SafeRoads Alberta. This program will replace the alcohol- and drug-related administrative licence suspension (ALS) appeals currently being heard by the Board.

Recognizing that the Board will be wrapping up its business in preparation for SafeRoads Alberta, the Board has taken two steps to ensure a seamless transition:

  1. The quorum of Board members required to hear ALS appeals has been changed from three Board members to one Board member. Going forward, there may be occasions where single panel members are scheduled for hearings.
  2. The Board has introduced new Rules related to ALS appeals. This includes:

    These new Rules will be effective September 15, 2020.

    Some of the new Rules clarify existing processes and procedures, such as those around reconsiderations. Others introduce procedural changes - such as rules around filing last-minute submissions and rules to address appeals where there has been no activity by the Appellant for more than 120 days (“deemed abandonment”).

    A summary of significant changes made by the new Rules can be found here.

    The new Rules can he found here.

Process Changes

Recognizing that the Board will be wrapping up its business, the Board is implementing new process-related steps to ensure a seamless and timely transition. Please see the following notice.