News release

RV Owners Get Break On Registration Costs

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--RV Owners Get Break On Registration Costs


Owners of recreational vehicles and private commercial buses that weigh more than 5,000 kilograms could pay less to register their vehicles this year. The government will allow the owners to use a flexible registration program normally used by commercial carriers.

Under flexible registration, the owners can register their vehicle for the months that it will be mobile. The vehicles must be registered for a minimum of three months and owners pay a $10 administrative charge. The registration fee would be pro-rated from the annual rate.

"Flexible registrations are fair to the owners of these heavy vehicles and to government," said Peter Christie, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "Registration fees will continue to be based on vehicle weight, taking into account the impact that heavier vehicles have on our highway infrastructure."

Prior to the 2002 budget, the registration fees for vehicles between 5,001 and 7,000 were lower, per kilogram, than for heavier vehicles.

"Recreational vehicles and camper vans travel infrequently or seasonally, so flexible registration is a good deal for them," said Paul Arsenault, director of driver and vehicle safety at Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
"Flexible registration adjusts the fee to reflect the time that the vehicle is on the road. It will reduce the red tape and paperwork for everyone concerned," said Mr. Arsenault. "Currently, the vehicle owners pay the annual fee and claim a refund when they take their vehicles off the road."

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Anyone who owns a recreational vehicle or commercial bus that weighs more than five thousand kilograms could soon be paying less to register their vehicles.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations announced today (June 17th) that it will offer a flexible registration program, currently open to commercial carriers, to owners of heavy campers and buses.

Under the program, the owner would register the vehicle for the months that it will be on the road and pay a small administrative fee.

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Contact:

Kevin Finch
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-424-2733 E-Mail: