Senior Drivers Get Discount on Safe Driving Course

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

September 26, 2001 11:17 AM

Motorists aged 65 and up will get a $40 discount on safe driving
courses under a new program announced today.

"Our government made a commitment to reward seniors who completed
a safe driving program and we're honouring that commitment," said
Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal
Relations.

"I welcome this program as a major step forward in helping
seniors to stay safe behind the wheel," said Rex Guy, chair of
the Nova Scotia Seniors Safe Driving Committee. "I believe Nova
Scotia is on the cutting edge on this issue."

Under the program, any driver aged 65 or older can register for a
safe driving course offered through an approved organization. The
driver will pay only the portion of the fee that exceeds $40.
Upon completion of the program, the organization may apply for a
grant of $40 from the government.

The government will subsidize the course fee once for each
driver.

The Canadian Safety Council says that while seniors tend to drive
less, and usually during the daytime only, they have more
accidents and more serious injuries for each kilometre driven.

Mr. MacIsaac noted that the course is voluntary and that seniors
do not have to take it to keep their driver's licence.

"This is part of an ongoing program to make Nova Scotia's drivers
and motor vehicles safer," said Mr. MacIsaac. "In August, we
unveiled tougher licence reinstatement rules for drivers who
drink. During the summer, the government passed a law enabling
graduated speeding penalties and we adopted national and
international commercial vehicle safety standards."

Organizations offering courses that qualify for the program
include the Nova Scotia Safety Council, which operates across the
province, Pictou Driving School and Fundy Driving School. More
organizations will be approved in the coming weeks, said the
minister.

As new organizations are approved, an up-to-date list will be
available on the Service Nova Scotia Web site at
www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr, at Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Motor
Vehicles offices, the Senior Citizens' Secretariat, and by
calling the government's public enquiries line at 424-5851 in the
Metro area and, toll-free, 1-800-898-7668.



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     Motorists aged sixty-five and up can now register for a safe

driving course at a reduced rate.

     The course will make seniors aware of how aging can affect

their driving skills and how to compensate for these changes.

     Service Nova Scotia Minister Angus MacIsaac today announced

that senior drivers will receive a forty-dollar discount on

courses offered across the province.

     The training organization will reduce how much it charges

the driver and will receive a forty-dollar rebate direct from the

government.

     A list of approved training organizations is available

through the Service Nova Scotia Web site, at Access Nova Scotia

centres and Registry of Motor Vehicles offices, or by calling the

department's public enquiries line.

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

mal         September 26, 2001      12:59 P.M.