Amendments Introduced to Motor Vehicle Act

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

November 22, 2010 4:34 PM

The province is streamlining its notification process on demerit points.

Drivers will no longer receive a warning letter when four demerit points are earned through amendments that will be introduced today, Nov. 22, to the Motor Vehicle Act.

"We're interested in safety, not red tape," said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex. "This change will save time and money, and still provides drivers with numerous options to access their information."

Drivers can check the drivers' handbook to see how many points are assigned to an infraction. They can also contact Access Nova Scotia to obtain information on points accumulation.

Fully licensed drivers who accumulate six demerit points will continue to receive a letter from the deputy registrar indicating that they will be required to undergo a re-examination with a Driver Enhancement Officer.

The proposed legislation only applies to fully licensed drivers.


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     Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona

Jennex will introduce an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act today

(November 22nd) to stop issuing warning letters for the

accumulation of demerit points.

     Ms. Jennex says ending the practice will save time and money

and still provides drivers with several options to access their

information.

     Fully licensed drivers who accumulate six demerit points

will continue to receive a letter indicating that they will be

required to undergo a re-examination.

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Media Contact: Tina Thibeau
              Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
              902-722-1461
              E-mail: thibeatd@gov.ns.ca