Alberta Zero Alcohol Tolerance (AZAT) Program

Under the Traffic Safety Act, if a peace officer reasonably suspects that a driver, who is licenced under the Graduated Licence Program (a novice driver), having consumed alcohol or a drug, drove a motor vehicle, the peace officer may require that driver to provide a sample into an approved alcohol or drug screening device. If the sample registers a result that indicates the presence of alcohol or drug in the driver's blood, the peace officer will issue a 30-day suspension of the driver's licence.  Please read the AZAT fact sheet for some important information about the program. A graduated driver holds either a probationary Class 5 or a Learner Class 7 licence issued on or after May 20, 2003.

Grounds for Appeal under Section 39.1 of the Traffic Safety Act:

  1. That you were not a novice driver.
  2. That you did not hold a novice operator's licence
  3. That you, having consumed alcohol, had not driven a motor vehicle.

Appealing a Notice of Suspension Novice Driver - Zero Alcohol Tolerance Program

Important things to remember if you are appealing your suspension:

  1. You must purchase an Application for Hearing at any Alberta Registry Agent office.
  2. There are two types of Appeal Applications, non-oral which requires a written submission ($125) or an oral, which requires a personal appearance before the Board ($250).  In addition to the application fee, a Registry Agent fee will be charged.
  3. The application fee will be refunded only if the appeal is successful.  However, the Registry Agent fee is not refundable, regardless of the Board’s decision.
  4. Pursuant to section 45 of the Traffic Safety Act, an Application for Hearing must be filed with the Board within 30 days of the suspension being issued.
  5. The original application must be sent to the Board.  A fax will not be accepted.
  6. You must fill out the "Required Information" section and send a copy of the "Notice of Suspension Novice Driver - Zero Alcohol Tolerance Program" that was given to you by the peace officer, as well as a copy of the Certificate of Analyses if a breath sample was taken.  Your application could be returned if you do not send a copy of these documents with your original Application for Hearing.
  7. Hardship will not be considered as a reason to cancel the suspension.
  8. Applying for a hearing does not affect your suspension.  It remains in effect while the appeal process is taking place.
  9. The Board will verbally notify the appellant or their legal counsel by telephone of the decision of the hearing and forward the wrtten decision of the hearing via fax, email or mail at a later date.

For more information contact: (Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 12 noon; 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Alberta Transportation Safety Board
Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 - 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3


Phone (780) 427-7178 (ext. 6)
Fax: (780) 422-9739
                           Alberta Transportation Safety Board
Suit 302 Willow Park Centre
10325 Bonaventure Drive SE
Calgary, Alberta T2J 7E4


Phone: (403) 297-3466 (ext. 6)
Fax: (403) 297-4139
Toll Free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000