Traffic Safety Act: public engagement

Nova Scotia’s outdated Motor Vehicle Act is being replaced with a modern Traffic Safety Act that will help make the province’s roads and highways safer. We’re looking for feedback from Nova Scotians to help develop the regulations that accompany the Traffic Safety Act. Different sections of the regulations will be available for public comment over the next few months.


You can provide your feedback on the Business Licensing Regulations until 22 February 2021. The consultation period for Using the Road Regulations is now over.

The new Traffic Safety Act affects all Nova Scotians in some way, including drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, police, municipalities and car dealerships.

Some of the changes will include improvements to help keep pedestrians safe, rules to address new transportation devices like e-scooters, measures to better protect cyclists, and steps to strengthen and modernize the licence classification system.

The act was developed as a framework piece of legislation. That means most of the details will be in the regulations.

Consultation process

Government worked with stakeholders to develop draft regulations. These draft regulations are now available for public input.

The draft regulations will be released for public feedback in parts over the next few months:

  • drivers (consultation completed)
  • vehicles (consultation completed)
  • rules of the road
  • business and licensing
  • roles and responsibilities
  • administration and penalties

For each of the consultation phases, Nova Scotians will be able to provide feedback on the actual draft regulations, rather than an interpretive document. A brief plain language explanation will accompany each regulation.

How to participate

Nova Scotians can email their feedback on the regulations to .

The deadline for feedback on the updated Business Licensing Regulations is 22 February 2021.

Interpreting the regulations

These documents may help you understand the terms used in the Traffic Safety Act regulations.

Interpretation regulations

These regulations interpret terms used in the Traffic Safety Act. For example, the regulations include definitions for bicycles, buses, divided highways, emergency response vehicles, stunting and commercial drivers.

Traffic Safety Act definitions

This document defines additional terms for the Traffic Safety Act, or changes existing definitions in the act. These terms include conveyance, trailer and equipment.

Business Licensing Regulations

The regulations related to business licensing (also called licensing of regulated vehicle activities) are organized in 6 parts:

Part 1: Interpretation – covers definitions specific to this set of regulations.

Part 2: Vehicle business licences - covers the eligibility requirements, application, renewal, term and amendments of business licences, as well as the inspection of business premises and recordkeeping.

Part 3: Dealers - covers the requirements for a dealer’s licence, including eligibility, application, renewal and transfer, suspension and complaints. Other topics include:

  • licensed dealers’ conduct and responsibilities, including conduct requirements, compliance, consignment agreements and responsibilities around the sale of used vehicles
  • records
  • licensed dealership facility requirements, including signage and general facility needs and equipment and tools required by the dealership facility

Part 4: Inspection stations and testers - covers the requirements for an inspection station and a tester licence. Topics include:
  • inspection station licence, covering eligibility, application, renewal, amendment and transfer of an inspection station licence, as well as signage and facility, tools and equipment requirements
  • testers, covering eligibility, application, renewal, term and amendment of a tester licence
  • suspension or cancellation of inspection station licence or tester licence, covering suspension resulting from a complaint, suspension periods and requirements after suspension
  • conditions of inspection station licences and tester licences, covering station and tester licence conditions
  • inspection sticker and inspection certificates, covering the issuance and management of inspection stickers and certificates
  • inspection fees, covering the various fees for inspections

Part 5: Driving schools and instructors - applies to the requirements for a driving school licence, an instructor licence (including a limited instructor licence) and authorization as a farm safety course instructor. Topics include:

  • driving school licences, covering eligibility, application, amendments and renewals, as well as inspection requirements for vehicles
  • instructor licences, covering eligibility for full and limited licences, farm safety course instructors, educational requirements for instructors of various licence classes, application, and terms
  • suspension or cancellation of licence, covering the suspension of a driving school or instructor
  • driver education courses, covering course requirements for different licence classes, as well as general requirements for all courses
  • conditions of driving school licences and instructor licences, covering the conditions required to be met for driving schools and instructors
  • requirements for vehicles used in driving instruction, covering insurance, controls and equipment required in the vehicles, use of the student's own vehicle, as well as signage and maintenance of the vehicles used for training

Part 6: Fleet driver training and fleet driver trainers - applies to the requirements for a fleet driver training licence and a fleet driver trainer licence. Topics include:

  • fleet driver training licences, covering eligibility, application, amendments and renewal of licences and vehicle inspection requirements
  • fleet driver trainer licences, covering eligibility, application, renewal, and licence term
  • suspension or cancellation of fleet driver training licence or fleet trainer licence, covering suspensions resulting from complaints or other reasons
  • fleet driver training programs and examinations, covering fleet driver training program requirements
  • conditions of fleet driver training licences and fleet driver trainer licences, covering conditions to be met for fleet driver training and fleet driver trainers

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