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Temporary Registration Permits Regulations

made under subsection 13(3) of the

Motor Vehicle Act

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

N.S. Reg. 417/2007 (October 25, 2007)



Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the Temporary Registration Permits Regulations.


Definitions

2     In these regulations,

 

                (a)    “Act” means the Motor Vehicle Act;

 

                (b)    “cab card” means a document issued by the Department which evidences the jurisdictions and weights for which a vehicle is registered pursuant to the International Registration Plan;

 

                (c)    “carrier” means a carrier as defined in clause 303A(a) of the Act;

 

                (d)    “Department” means the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations;

[Note: Effective October 20, 2014, the reference to the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations should be read as a reference to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal in accordance with Order in Council 2014-432 under the Public Service Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 376.]

 

                (e)    “disabled vehicle” means a vehicle with a valid, unexpired commercial or International Registration Plan registration that has broken down and, because of mechanical difficulties,

 

                         (i)     can no longer operate,

 

                         (ii)    or is being serviced and therefore not in operation;

 

                (f)    “International Registration Plan” means an agreement between the Province and other jurisdictions for prorating or apportioning registration fees based on fleet distance traveled in each jurisdiction;

 

                (g)    “number plate” means a number plate as described in Section 19 of the Act;

 

                (h)    “replacement vehicle” means a vehicle that temporarily replaces a disabled vehicle in accordance with these regulations;

 

                (i)     “temporary breakdown permit” means a permit issued by the Department for a replacement vehicle to allow the vehicle to operate temporarily in replacement for a disabled vehicle;

 

                (j)     “temporary number permit” means a temporary permit issued under Section 30 of the Act pending the issue of permanent number plates and a permit as required by the Act;

 

                (k)    “temporary registration permit” means a permit issued by the Department or by a person authorized by the Department to allow the temporary operation of a vehicle upon a highway in the Province, and includes all of the following:

 

                         (i)     an unladen weight permit,

 

                         (ii)    a temporary breakdown permit,

 

                         iii)    an in-transit permit,

 

                         (iv)   a temporary number permit;

 

                (l)     “unladen vehicle” means a vehicle fully equipped for service but that is not carrying a load;

 

                (m)   “unladen weight permit” means a temporary registration permit issued for an unladen vehicle to allow the temporary movement of the unladen vehicle by its owner-operator or a designated representative of the owner-operator.


Temporary registration permit

3     (1)    An application for [a] temporary registration permit must be submitted to the Registrar or, in the case of a temporary number permit, to the Registrar or a licensed dealer together with all of the following:

 

                (a)    a completed application in the form prescribed by the Registrar;

 

                (b)    the application fee prescribed for the permit in the regulations respecting documents and service fees made under the Act;

 

                (c)    proof of financial responsibility as required by the Act in respect of a vehicle for which the permit would be issued.

 

       (2)    A temporary registration permit is not transferable to another vehicle.

 

       (3)    A temporary registration permit, other than a temporary breakdown permit, issued for a vehicle other than a trailer, semi-trailer or motorcycle must be affixed to the lower right-hand corner of the windshield of the vehicle for which it is issued.

 

       (4)    A temporary registration permit issued for a trailer, semi-trailer or motorcycle must be in the possession of the vehicle operator.

 

       (5)    A temporary registration permit must be removed and destroyed immediately after it expires by the person who was issued the temporary registration permit.


Refusal to issue temporary registration permit

4     The Registrar may refuse to issue a temporary registration permit in any of the following circumstances:

 

                (a)    the Registrar determines that the application for the permit contains a false statement or false information;

 

                (b)    the Registrar is not satisfied that the vehicle for which the permit is sought will be operated safely.


Revocation of a temporary registration permit

5     (1)    The Registrar may revoke a temporary registration permit in any of the following circumstances:

 

                (a)    the Registrar determines that the application for the permit contains a false statement or false information;

 

                (b)    the Registrar determines that the vehicle for which the permit was issued is not adequately insured;

 

                (c)    the Registrar is not satisfied that the vehicle for which the permit was issued will be operated safely.

 

       (2)    A registered owner of a vehicle whose temporary registration permit is revoked must immediately return the temporary registration permit for the vehicle to the Registrar.


Temporary breakdown permit

6     (1)    The Registrar may issue a temporary breakdown permit for a replacement vehicle if

 

                (a)    a valid, unexpired commercial or International Registration Plan registration is in force for the replacement vehicle; and

 

                (b)    the number plate referenced on the replacement vehicle’s registration is a number plate from a Canadian or U.S. jurisdiction.

 

       (2)    The driver of a replacement vehicle that is operated under the authority of a temporary breakdown permit must carry all of the following in the replacement vehicle:

 

                (a)    the original number plate issued to the disabled vehicle that it replaced;

 

                (b)    the permit and cab card issued to the disabled vehicle that it replaced;

 

                (c)    the temporary breakdown permit.

 

       (3)    A temporary breakdown permit is valid for up to 15 days.


Unladen weight permit

7     (1)    An unladen weight permit may be issued for an unladen vehicle if all of the following apply to the vehicle:

 

                (a)    the vehicle is not registered under the International Registration Plan;

 

                (b)    a valid permit issued under the Act exists for the vehicle;

 

                (c)    a valid Nova Scotia number plate exists for the vehicle and is referenced on the permit referred to in clause (b);

 

                (d)    a valid safety inspection certificate issued under the Act or issued under the laws of New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island exists for the vehicle;

 

                (e)    the owner-operator of the vehicle or a representative designated by the owner-operator has terminated a lease with a carrier and has surrendered the number plate and permit for the vehicle to the carrier.

 

       (2)    An unladen weight permit is valid for up to 30 days.


Temporary number permit

8     (1)    An application for a temporary number permit must be made on the form prescribed by the Department and must be submitted to the Registrar together with the application fee prescribed for a temporary number permit in the regulations respecting documents and services fees made under the Act.

 

       (2)    A temporary number permit issued for a vehicle by a licensed dealer is valid for up to 30 days.

 

       (3)    A person authorized by the Department to issue a temporary number permit must not issue a temporary number permit to a person for a vehicle if the person authorized by the Department has previously issued the person a temporary number permit for the vehicle.

 

       (4)    A temporary number permit may only be issued for a vehicle that meets the following criteria:

 

                (a)    it has a registered weight of 5000 kg or less;

 

                (b)    it has a valid safety inspection certificate issued under the Act or issued under the laws of the Province of New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island.