The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) has officially opened its state-of-the-art safety training facility at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) site.
The facility will function as a commercial transportation hub for safety training and development, as well as research and technology innovation.
The centre will also play a key role in strengthening education for commercial drivers across the province.
According to AMTA President Chris Nash, the facility demonstrates the industry’s commitment to continuous improvement for the commercial transportation industry.
“For the AMTA, road safety is paramount. We are confident that this facility will help to improve commercial driver’s skills and enhance road safety for all,” Nash said.
In addition to numerous classrooms specifically designed for driver education, the facility also includes a five-acre training track designed to give drivers comprehensive real-life road experience and vehicle-use training. The site is also home to two simulators where drivers will be able to experience different road and travel challenges.
“We are extremely pleased with the priority that AMTA continues to place on road safety,” said Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation for the Government of Alberta. “We are confident that by strengthening opportunities for commercial drivers to learn and improve we will be making our roads safer.”
The facility and training track are on seven acres of EIA land forming part of Airport City. AMTA has reserved 13 adjacent acres with plans to expand the facility as the AMTA continues to evolve.
Tom Ruth, EIA CEO welcomes the AMTA to its location. According to Ruth, the facility is a “welcome addition” of the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre at the EIA Airport City and the simulator represents a third addition to simulator equipment housed at Airport City.
The Alberta Motor Transport Association is a not-for-profit, advocacy and safety training association functioning as the voice, the standard and the resource for commercial transportation in Alberta.
For more than 80 years its work has encompassed a broad range of environmental, social, economic, safety and compliance matters that impact Alberta’s highways.