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Nova Scotia’s outdated Motor Vehicle Act is being replaced with a modern Traffic Safety Act that will help make the province’s roads and highways safer.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. The draft regulations for offences, penalties and mandatory suspensions are currently available for public feedback.

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

An 8th section about vehicle weights and dimensions has been added as the last phase for public input.

The act was developed as a framework piece of legislation. That means most of the details will be in the regulations, not the act itself.

Consultation process

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

  • drivers (consultation completed)
  • vehicles (consultation completed)
  • rules of the road (consultation completed)
  • business and licensing (consultation completed)
  • roles and responsibilities (consultation completed)
  • administration (consultation completed)
  • offences, penalties and mandatory suspensions (in progress)

An 8th section about vehicle weights and dimensions has been added as the last phase for public input. This section is part of the regulations for vehicles, but it was deferred during that phase of the consultation.

The Traffic Safety Act and regulations will take effect after the public review phases are finished and once upgrades to the Registry of Motor Vehicles computer system are completed.

How to participate

Nova Scotians can now provide feedback on proposed regulations defining the offences and mandatory suspensions under the Traffic Safety Act. These regulations also specify the penalties and fines associated with each offence.

Review the draft regulations and send your comments by email to . The deadline to submit your feedback is Monday, 29 November 2021.

Offences, penalties and mandatory suspension regulations (PDF)