A graduated driver's licence program in Alberta that has been in effect for the past 19 years is getting an overhaul.
Since 2003 new drivers in the province have faced a number of rules including zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol behind the wheel as well as a prohibition on unsafe driving.
Once they made it through the two-year probationary period they were then asked to spend 150 dollars to take a second, more advanced driving test to get a full licence.
The probationary period will continue but beginning next spring anyone who gets past the two-year period won't be required to take a second road test.
Alberta Transportation Minister Prasad Panda says it's a way of cutting red tape and saving drivers the extra cost.
Since the program began, drivers who made it past their probation and didn't take a second test have been allowed to continue driving with their graduated licences, and many do.
Panda says there are currently 700-thousand Albertans driving with graduated licences and some of them aren't that young anymore.
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