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Helmet Regulations

made under Sections 170, 170A and 170B of the

Motor Vehicle Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 293

O.I.C. 2003-175 (April 25, 2003), N.S. Reg. 99/2003

as amended to O.I.C. 2016-109 (May 3, 2016), N.S. Reg. 85/2016



Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the Helmet Regulations.


Motorcycle helmet

2     A person operating a motorcycle or motor scooter must wear a helmet that bears a mark indicating that the helmet is approved or certified as a motorcycle or motor scooter helmet by one or more of the following certification agencies:

 

                (a)    the British Standards Institute;

 

                (b)    the Snell Memorial Foundation;

 

                (c)    the United States of America Department of Transportation;

Duplicate clause 2(b) relettered as 2(c): O.I.C. 2016-109, N.S. Reg. 85/2016.

 

                (d)    the Economic Commission for Europe.

Clause 2(d) added: O.I.C. 2016-109, N.S. Reg. 85/2016.


Bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates, scooter, and skateboard helmets

3     A person riding or operating a bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates, a scooter or a skateboard must wear a helmet that bears a mark indicating that the helmet is approved or certified for use with one of those devices by one or more of the following certification agencies:

 

                (a)    Canadian Standards Association;

 

                (b)    Snell Memorial Foundation;

 

                (c)    American Society for Testing and Materials;

 

                (d)    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.


General requirements

4     In addition to meeting the requirements of Section 2 or 3, as applicable, a helmet must, at all times,

 

                (a)    have a smooth outer surface;

 

                (b)    be constructed so that the helmet is capable of absorbing energy on impact;

 

                (c)    be strongly attached to a strap designed to be fastened under the chin of the person wearing it;

 

                (d)    be undamaged from use or misuse; and

 

                (e)    properly fit the person wearing it.


Section 170A or 170B exemptions

5     The following persons are exempt from the requirement of Section 170A or 170B of the Motor Vehicle Act to wear a helmet:

 

                (a)    a person who is in possession of, and produces on request to a peace officer, a valid and subsisting certificate issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles certifying that the Registrar is satisfied that the wearing of a helmet would interfere with the person's religious practices;

 

                (b)    a person whose head is more than 66 cm in circumference; or

 

                (c)    a person who is in possession of, and produces on request to a peace officer, a valid and subsisting certificate issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles on the recommendation of a medical practitioner certifying that the person is, for the period stated in the certificate, unable for medical reasons to wear a helmet.