Nova Scotia drivers have a more transparent way to appeal certain licence suspensions and vehicle impoundments.
The new Motor Vehicle Appeal Board addresses a point made in the provincial ombudsman's report last year.
"We listened to what Nova Scotia drivers were saying about the fairness of appealing to the same person who issued a licence suspension," said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "Putting these checks and balances in place to give people a chance to have appeals heard is essential, and this new board gives Nova Scotians a process that is timely, objective and independent."
Eight respected members of Nova Scotia's legal community were appointed today, Oct. 24, to the board. Terrance Sheppard (chair), Dartmouth; Krista Daley, Halifax; Lena Diab, Halifax; Robert Kennedy, Halifax; Harvey McPhee, Sydney; Blair Mitchell, Halifax; Stephen Scott, Bedford; and Robert Stewart, Berwick were appointed.
A panel of three will hear appeals and make decisions. Guides to help Nova Scotians understand the new appeal process can be downloaded at www.accessns.ca/drivers/motor-vehicle-appeal-board.asp
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Nova Scotians now have a more transparent way to appeal
certain driver's licence suspension and vehicle impoundments.
The province today (October 24th) appointed eight Nova
Scotia lawyers the new Motor Vehicle Appeal Board.
A panel of three members will hear appeals and make
decisions. For more information, visit Access N-S dot C-A.
Media Contact: Celeste Sulliman
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations