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Nova Scotia’s outdated Motor Vehicle Act is being replaced with a modern Traffic Safety Act that will help make the province’s roads and highways safer.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 Administration Regulations until 24 May 2021. The consultation period for Roles and Responsibilities 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 (consultation completed)
  • business and licensing (consultation completed)
  • roles and responsibilities (consultation completed)
  • administration
  • offenses 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 Administration Regulations is 24 May 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.

Administration Regulations

The regulations related to Administration are organized into 6 parts, of which 5 parts are now available for public consultation:

Impoundment Regulations

These regulations apply to the impoundment and sale of vehicles and include:

  • Accessing personal property in an impounded vehicle
  • Maximum fees and other charges that can be charged for removal and impounding a vehicle.
  • Circumstances when the operator of an impound facility may sell or retain a vehicle.
  • Requirements in posting notice to sell a vehicle.
  • Details applying to proceeds of the sale of an impounded vehicle.
  • Circumstances applying to release of an impounded vehicle.
  • Records required to be kept by impoundment facility.

Identification Card Regulations

These regulations pertain to the issuance and renewal and terms of identification cards and the information and documents that must be provided to obtain one.

Documents Records and Information Sharing Regulations

These regulations apply to:

  • The when, why, and what that is required in replacing documents that are lost, stolen, damaged or illegible.
  • The information that may be included in a driving record and certified driving abstract.
  • The information that may be contained in a vehicle record.
  • The information that may be contained in a regulated vehicle activity record.
  • Guidelines prescribing the sharing of information with other organizations and jurisdictions.

Reviews and Appeals Regulations

These regulations outline what is required when applying to the Registrar’s office or to the Appeal Board challenging a decision made and the protocol that must be followed by the Registry or Appeal Board when a request is filed.

Fees Regulations

These regulations prescribe all the fees charged by the Registry for documents or services provided to the public and businesses for licenses and permits.

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