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Drivers who operate their vehicles without insurance will risk
higher fines under amendments to the provincial Motor Vehicle Act
introduced today, said Sandy Jolly, minister of Business and
Consumer Services.

The minimum fine for a first offence will increase to $750 from
$250. For second and third offences, the minimum fines will be
$1,500 and $3,000 respectively.

"Accidents involving uninsured drivers cost over $3.5 million a
year in Nova Scotia," Ms. Jolly said. "This cost is passed on to
consumers in the form of higher insurance premiums. It is in
everyone's interests that there be a strong deterrence to driving
without insurance."

Don Forgeron of the Insurance Bureau of Canada said his
organization supports the direction of the Nova Scotia

"The IBC has been pressing for higher fines for some time and we
are pleased that government is taking stronger action against
uninsured drivers," he said.


Contact: David MacNeil  902-424-2933

trp                Apr. 11, 1997 - 10:45 a.m.