Agricultural drivers have been provided with opportunity to obtain a Class 1 licence by applying to the Class 1 MELT Program Extension for Farmers. This extension takes into consideration the timing in order to get through the busy planting and harvesting cycles. However, no drivers will be permanently exempt from MELT testing.
Farmers and farm workers have until November 30, 2020 to apply for an extension, and until March 1, 2021 to pass both the pre-MELT Class 1 knowledge and road tests, and the MELT knowledge and road tests.
Drivers approved for the farm extension will have until March 1, 2021 to:
- Study the Commercial Driver's Guide to prepare for MELT testing
- Pass the pre-MELT knowledge and road test and obtain a class 1 drivers licence
- Study the MELT Curriculum to prepare for MELT testing
- Pass the MELT knowledge and road to keep the class 1 drivers licence
- Driver will have two attempts to pass the MELT knowledge and road tests
- The first MELT knowledge and road tests will be paid for by government, but the driver is responsible for all other costs of testing, such as the rental of a commercial vehicle for the road test
Alberta Transportation is not extending the associated deadline of March 1, 2021.
Additional information on the application process and the MELT: Agriculture Industry fact sheet can be viewed under the ‘MELT extension for farmers’ tab on: https://www.alberta.ca/mandatory-entry-level-training-for-class-1-and-2-drivers-licences.aspx
Full program details can be found by visiting our website; https://www.alberta.ca/mandatory-entry-level-training-for-class-1-and-2-drivers-licences.aspx