BILL NO. 111

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 58th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
51 Elizabeth II, 2002



Government Bill



Motor Vehicle Act
(amended)



The Honourable Angus MacIsaac
Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations



First Reading: April 5, 2002

(Explanatory Notes)

Second Reading: May 7, 2002

Third Reading: May 28, 2002 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS)

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Explanatory Notes

Clause 1 amends the definition of "bicycle" in the Motor Vehicle Act to include power-assisted bicycles.

Subclause 2(1) amends the revocation times for offences involving dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.

Subclause 2(2) requires a person who has had their privilege of obtaining a driver's licence revoked for an alcohol-related driving offence to attend an alcohol rehabilitation program before being entitled to reinstatement of their licence.

Clause 3 requires a person riding on or operating a scooter, skate board, in-line skates, roller skates or other device prescribed by the regulations to wear an approved helmet.

Clause 4 prohibits the use of scooters, in-line skates, and designated devices on a roadway except where authorized.

Clause 5 permits documents from other provinces to be received in evidence.

Clause 6 provides that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles or the Director of Highway Safety shall revoke the driver's licence of a person convicted of an offence against section 249.1 of the Criminal Code (Canada).

Clause 7 provides that the privilege of obtaining a driver's licence shall be revoked if a young offender is found guilty of an alcohol-related offence.

Clause 8 removes from the demerit point table a reference to operating a school bus in excess of 75 kilometres per hour (s. 103(6) of Motor Vehicle Act). Subsection 103(6) was repealed by Chapter 23 of the Acts of 1995-96.

Clause 9 provides that documents from other provinces relating to the suspension or cancellation of a registration, permit or licence may be received in evidence.

Clause 10 permits the fees for conservation licence plates to be used to fund conservation.

Clause 11 permits at-fault collisions to be considered in determining the safety rating of a commercial carrier.

Clause 12 provides that the Act is subject to proclamation.

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An Act to Amend Chapter 293
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Motor Vehicle Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Clause 2(c) of Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Motor Vehicle Act, is repealed and the following clause substituted:

2 (1) Clause 67(5)(c) of Chapter 293 is repealed and the following clauses substituted:

(2) Subsection 67(11) of Chapter 293, as amended by Chapter 34 of the Acts of 1996 and Chapter 32 of the Acts of 1998, is further amended by adding "or privilege of obtaining a driver's license" immediately after "license" in the second line.

3 Chapter 293 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 170A the following Section:

4 (1) Subsection 172(1) of Chapter 293 is amended by striking out "roller skates or a skate board" in the second line and substituting "a scooter, a skate board, in-line skates, roller skates or a device prescribed by the regulations".

(2) Section 172 of Chapter 293 is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (2) the following subsections:

5 Section 264 of Chapter 293, as amended by Chapter 23 of the Acts of 1995-96, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (4) the following subsection:

6 Clause 278(1)(b) of Chapter 293 is amended by adding ", 249.1" immediately after "249" in the second line.

7 Section 278B of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 44 of the Acts of 2001, is amended by adding "or the privilege of obtaining a license" immediately after "license" in the second line.

8 Number 4. in the POINT SYSTEM TABLE in subsection 282(2) of Chapter 293 is repealed.

9 Section 286 of Chapter 293 is amended by adding "or a certificate under the signature of a minister or an official in another province performing duties similar to the Registrar and under the seal of a department in another province that a registration has been suspended or cancelled or that a permit or a license or the privilege of obtaining a license has been suspended or revoked in that province" immediately after "revoked" in the fifth line.

10 (1) Subsection 302(2) of Chapter 293 is amended by adding "provided in subsection (4) or as" immediately after "as" in the first line.

(2) Section 302 is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (3) the following subsection:

11 Clause 303G(b) of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 12 of the Acts of 2001, is amended by adding ", at-fault collisions" immediately after "suspensions" in the third line.

12 This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.

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