New Safety Rules For Driving Schools

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

October 1, 2004 10:03 AM

New driver training school regulations will help make for a safer
environment for students learning how to drive, Service Nova
Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet announced
today, Oct. 1.

"Driver training provides new drivers with a sound foundation and
is an important part of making our roads safer," said the
minister.

After reviewing the driving school and instructor regulations,
representatives of the industry and members of the Road Safety
Advisory Committee, the committee responsible for promoting road
safety, agreed that changes were needed. The revisions are part
of the initial renewal of licences for driving schools.

The new regulations will:
-- include a provision that a criminal record check be conducted
as part of the initial licensing of a school or instructor;
-- enhance the training programs for instructors;
-- report course results to the department,
-- ensure that instructors must be employed by either a public or
private educational institution or have completed an instructors
course approved by the department;
-- increase in-car training to 10 hours;
-- include instruction on cross walk safety,
-- require that vehicles used for training are in good mechanical
condition, and
-- require driving schools to have all the necessary equipment
and personnel to conduct both classroom and on-road training.

The minister added that the updated rules will enable the
province to maintain an effective and safe driving school
program.

Driver training schools and instructors are licensed under
provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act. For more information see the
website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     New safety rules for driver training school will take effect

in Nova Scotia today (October 1st).

     The new regulations will allow instructors to continue to

have a safe place to work and students a safe place to learn how

to drive says Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations

Minister Barry Barnet.

     The changes are part of the initial renewal of licences for

driving schools. For a complete list of the regulations visit

the department's website.

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Contact: Lenore Bromley
         Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
         902-424-2733
         E-mail: bromlelm@gov.ns.ca

djl         October 1, 2004         10:03 A.M.