BILL NO. 168

(as introduced)

1st Session, 60th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
56 Elizabeth II, 2007



Government Bill



Motor Vehicle Act
(amended)



The Honourable Angus MacIsaac
Minister of Transportation and Public Works



First Reading: March 30, 2007

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading: April 3, 2007

Third Reading: April 12, 2007 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

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Explanatory Note

This Bill adds new conditions for new drivers including

(a) changing the learner's stage from six months to twelve months;

(b) adding a competency test at the end of the learner's stage and the newly licenced driver stage;

(c) restricting the newly licenced driver to one passenger, other than family members, unless with an experienced driver;

(d) where required to be with an experienced driver, requiring the experienced driver to have been fully licenced for one year, to have less than .05% blood alcohol and be seated in the front;

(e) requiring 0% blood alcohol for the first five years; and

(f) identifying vehicle signage for learner's and newly licenced drivers.

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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 Section 2 of Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Motor Vehicle Act, as amended by Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1994, Chapter 12 of the Acts of 1994-95, Chapter 23 of the Acts of 1995-96, Chapter 12 of the Acts of 2001, Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2002, Chapter 42 of the Acts of 2004 and Chapter 35 of the Acts of 2006, is further amended by adding immediately after clause (o) the following clause:

2 Subsection 66(1) of Chapter 293 is amended by striking out the period at the end of clause (d) and substituting a semicolon and adding the following clauses:

3 (1) Subsection 70(1) of Chapter 293 is repealed.

(2) Clause 70(2)(b) of Chapter 293 is repealed.

(3) Subsection 70(4) of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1994, is amended by striking out "licensed" in the fourth line and substituting "experienced".

(4) Subsection 70(6) of Chapter 293 is repealed and the following subsections substituted:

(5) Subsection 70(10) of Chapter 293 is repealed and the following subsection substituted:

4 (1) Section 70A of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1994 and amended by Chapter 11 of the Acts of 1999, is amended by adding immediately after subsection (3) the following subsection:

(2) Subsection 70A(4) of Chapter 293 is repealed and the following subsections substituted:

(3) Section 70A of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 12 of the Acts of 1994 and amended by Chapter 11 of the Acts of 1999, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (5) the following subsection:

(4) Section 70A of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 12 of the Acts of 1994 and amended by Chapter 11 of the Acts of 1999, is further amended by adding, immediately after subsection (9) the following subsection:

5 Chapter 293 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 70A the following Sections:

6 (1) Subsection 100A(1) of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1994, is amended by

(a) striking out "or" at the end of clause (b); and

(b) adding immediately after clause (b) the following clause:

(ba) had the status of newly licensed driver removed from his or her driver's license pursuant to subsection (3A) of Section 70A in the preceding twenty-four months; or

(2) Section 100A of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1994 and amended by Chapter 11 of the Acts of 1999, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (5) the following subsection:

7 The POINT SYSTEM TABLE in subsection 282(2) of Chapter 293 is amended by striking out items 5A. and 5B.

8 Section 292 of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 10 of the Acts of 2002 and amended by Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2005, is further amended by adding ", 151" immediately after "149" in the fourth line.

9 Section 293 of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 10 of the Acts of 2002 and amended by Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2005, is further amended by striking out "151," in the fifth line.

10 Section 294 of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 10 of the Acts of 2002 and amended by Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2005, is further amended by adding ", 70AB" immediately after "70A" in the second line.

11 Section 295 of Chapter 293, as enacted by Chapter 10 of the Acts of 2002 and amended by Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2005, is further amended adding ", 70AA" immediately after "64" in the second line.

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

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