New Service Will Benefit Seniors and Disabled

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

June 30, 2003 11:38 AM

With the summer driving season on our doorstep, the Nova Scotia
government is making sure that finding a gas station is easier
than ever.

A new, free online offering from Service Nova Scotia and
Municipal Relations is running today, June 30, that will pinpoint
every gas station in the province. Through the service, motorists
will be able to locate stations by brand name and determine
whether they offer full-serve, self-serve or both levels of
service.

The Web site www.servicens.ca/gasstations/ can be reached from
any computer that can access the Internet, including local CAP
sites and Internet cafés, and Express Service kiosks at most
Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Deeds offices. Printed
listings of gas stations, on a county by county basis, will be
available at Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Deeds offices.

While this is good news for all motorists -- including out-of-
province tourists -- it is especially helpful to seniors and
disabled drivers in search of full-service stations.

"Our government promised that we would make it easier for senior
and disabled drivers to find the kinds of gas stations they
needed," said Peter Christie, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and
Municipal Relations.

Seniors and disabled motorists can also obtain the printed lists
of full-service gas stations from the Seniors Secretariat and the
Disabled Persons Commission.

"This is really a cross-government solution," said Mike Duda,
acting director of program management and corporate services,
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "The Department of
Environment and Labour issues licences to service stations and we
tapped into their data. Service Nova Scotia's Geomatics Centre in
Amherst then used the data to build our online mapping
application for the Web site."

The site will be updated around June every year as stations renew
their licences through the Department of Environment and Labour.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Planning a Nova Scotia holiday or a Sunday drive? A new

service from the provincial government will make it easier to

find a gas station along the way.

     By checking Service Nova Scotia's Web site, motorists can

locate stations by brand name and determine if the station is

full-serve, self-serve or both.

     The information will be updated annually, as gas stations

renew their licences with the government.

     While all motorists will benefit from the new service --

including out-of-province tourists -- it is expected to be

especially helpful to senior and disabled motorists who want to

find full-service stations.

     Motorists who don't have Internet access can get a listing

of gas stations in a particular county from Access Nova Scotia or

a Registry of Deeds during normal office hours.

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Contact: Kevin Finch
         Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
         902-424-2733
         E-Mail: finchkh@gov.ns.ca


djl         June 30, 2003      11:38 A.M.