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made under Sections 170, 170A and 170B of the
Motor Vehicle Act
R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 293
O.I.C. 2003-175 (April 25, 2003), N.S. Reg. 99/2003
amended to O.I.C. 2021-283 (effective December 14, 2021), N.S. Reg. 166/2021
Table of Contents
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1 These regulations may be cited as the Helmet Regulations.
2 A person operating a motorcycle or motor scooter must wear a helmet that bears a mark indicating that the helmet is approved or certified as a motorcycle or motor scooter helmet by one or more of the following certification agencies:
(a) the British Standards Institute;
(b) the Snell Memorial Foundation;
(c) the United States of America Department of Transportation;
(d) the Economic Commission for Europe.
3 A person riding or operating a bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates, a scooter or a skateboard must wear a helmet that bears a mark indicating that the helmet is approved or certified for use with one of those devices by one or more of the following certification agencies:
(a) Canadian Standards Association;
(b) Snell Memorial Foundation;
(c) American Society for Testing and Materials;
(d) U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission;
(e)the European Committee for Standardization.
4 In addition to meeting the requirements of Section 2 or 3, as applicable, a helmet must, at all times,
(a) have a smooth outer surface;
(b) be constructed so that the helmet is capable of absorbing energy on impact;
(c) be strongly attached to a strap designed to be fastened under the chin of the person wearing it;
(d) be undamaged from use or misuse; and
(e) properly fit the person wearing it.
5 The following persons are exempt from the requirement of Section 170A or 170B of the Motor Vehicle Act to wear a helmet:
(a) a person who is in possession of, and produces on request to a peace officer, a valid and subsisting certificate issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles certifying that the Registrar is satisfied that the wearing of a helmet would interfere with the person's religious practices;
(b) a person whose head is more than 66 cm in circumference; or
(c) a person who is in possession of, and produces on request to a peace officer, a valid and subsisting certificate issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles on the recommendation of a medical practitioner certifying that the person is, for the period stated in the certificate, unable for medical reasons to wear a helmet.
N.S. Reg. 99/2003
Motor Vehicle Act
Note: The information in these tables does not form part of the regulations and is compiled by the Office of the Registrar of Regulations for reference only.
The current consolidation of the Helmet Regulations made under the Motor Vehicle Act includes all of the following regulations:
How in force
Part II Issue
May 1, 2003
May 16, 2003
May 3, 2016
May 13, 2016
Dec 14, 2021
Dec 31, 2021
The following regulations are not yet in force and are not included in the current consolidation:
How in force
Part II Issue
*See subsection 3(6) of the Regulations Act for rules about in force dates of regulations.
ad. = added
am. = amended
fc. = fee change
ra. = reassigned
rep. = repealed
rs. = repealed and substituted
ra. 2(c) 85/2016
ra. from 2(b) (second) 85/2016
Editorial Notes and Corrections
Repealed and Superseded
Note: Only regulations that are specifically repealed and replaced appear in this table. It may not reflect the entire history of regulations on this subject matter.