News release

Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act

Proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Act will allow temporary residents who have a compelling reason to stay in the province for more than 90 days to continue using their home driver's licence.

The bill was introduced by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex, today, Sept. 23.

"We have been receiving requests from various groups such as oil industry and farm workers, among others, to allow workers to use their home licence for the duration of their stay in Nova Scotia," said Ms. Jennex. "This measure will also help employers address workers' concerns about driver testing and licensing, particularly for those who need to drive as part of their job."

Licence extensions for temporary residents will be given on a case-by-case basis, with road safety being the top priority.

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Proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Act will allow temporary residents who have a compelling reason to be in the province beyond 90 days to continue using their home driver's licence.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex says the proposed amendment is the result of requests from various groups such as farm and oil-industry workers.

Licence extensions to temporary residents will be made on a case-by-case basis, with road safety being the top priority.

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Angel Limgenco
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-722-1461 E-mail: