Nova Scotia

Regulating agency: Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations approves the Canadian Safety Council's motorcycle training course; currently awaiting further regulatory information
Effective date of regulations enacted: Amended Mar.26, 2007, effective June 1, 2007

PASSENGER VEHICLES:
EDUCATIONAL SETTING
High schools
Home computer-based instruction
Other
Private driving schools
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
Course fees subsidized for students
High school student status
Must hold a valid Learner’s permit
Other requirements
Parent⁄guardian consent
Registration⁄enrollment fee
COURSE STRUCTURE - IN-CLASSROOM
Additional sessions available
Length of each session: Not to exceed 7 hours of instruction in a 24hour period
Minimum total number of hours: 25 hours
Number of sessions
COURSE STRUCTURE - IN-VEHICLE, ON RANGE-TRACK
Additional sessions available
Length of each session
Minimum total number of hours
Number of sessions
COURSE STRUCTURE - IN-VEHICLE, ON ROAD
Additional lessons available
Length of each session: Not to exceed 2 hours per session
Minimum total number of hours: 10 hours
Number of sessions
COURSE STRUCTURE - DRIVING SIMULATOR
Additional sessions available
Length of each session
Minimum total number of hours
Number of sessions
COURSE STRUCTURE - PARENT-GUARDIAN SESSION(S)
Additional sessions available
Length of each session
Minimum total number of hours
Number of sessions
COMPETENCY MEASURES - INTERMEDIATE ASSESSMENT
In-classroom
In-vehicle
CURRICULUM CONTENT
Basic driving procedures and manoeuvres
Braking
Crashes and injury prevention
Defensive driving
Driver communication skills
Driver distractions
Driver fitness to drive
Driver impairments
Driver observation skills ⁄ visual tracking
Driver psychology
Driver responsibility
Emergency situations ⁄ manoeuvres
Fuel efficient driving
Graduated driver licensing system
Hazard perception and recognition
Highway driving
Insurance
Lane changes ⁄ Safe passing
Legal awareness
Night driving
Parking
Pre-driving checks and procedures
Risk perception ⁄ management
Rules of the road
Sharing the road
Signs, signals, and road markings
Space management
Standard transmission
Traffic and roadway conditions ⁄ environmental conditions
Turns and U-Turns
Vehicle control
Vehicle systems ⁄ parts and performance
COMPETENCY MEASURES - PRE-ASSESSMENT
In-classroom
In-vehicle
COMPETENCY MEASURES - FINAL EXAM
In-classroom: Must score at least 80% (20/25 multiple choice questions) on the final exam
In-vehicle
INSTRUCTOR REGULATIONS (IN-CLASS)
Age
Certifications ⁄ designations: 
· Successfully completed a driver improvement course approved by the Department within the previous 12 months
· A person who acts or offers to act as an instructor providing in-vehicle driver training for a Class 5 driver’s license must have completed a recognized course of study for instructors offered by a driver training school conducted by the Nova Scotia Safety Council or Young Drivers of Canada Corporation, or another course approved by the Department, that meets the following minimum requirements:

(a) a minimum of 40 hours of in-vehicle instruction to include

(i) steering techniques,
(ii) starting and stopping,
(iii) right and left turns,
(iv) highway and urban driving,
(v) backing,
(vi) controlled and uncontrolled intersections,
(vii) right-of-way,
(viii) one-way streets,
(ix) lane changing,
(x) passing,
(xi) parking, and
(xii) 2 and 3 point turns;

(b) a minimum of 40 hours of theory instruction to include

(i) the Act and regulations made under the Act,
(ii) driver licensing,
(iii) highway and urban driving,
(iv) insurance,
(v) car care and familiarization, and
(vi) crosswalk safety; and

(c) inclusion of any one of the following publications:

(i) “Sportsmanlike Driving” published by McGraw-Hill,
(ii) “Road Worthy” published by the Ministry of Transportation (Ontario),
(iii) “How to Drive” published by the Canadian Automobile Association,
(iv) the Propulsion text books, or equivalent text books, published by Propulsion International Inc., and
(v) “Young Drivers of Canada” published by Young Drivers of Canada Corporation,

· Any additional material approved by the Department.
· A person who acts or offers to act as an instructor providing theory driver instruction for a Class 5 driver’s license must have completed

(a) a course of study in accordance with subsection (1); and
(b) an instructor development course as approved by the Department.
Licence held: Valid licence in class they provide instruction for
Minimum driving experience: Driver / criminal record check
· within 10 years before their application for an instructor license, have not been convicted of
(A) an offence under subsection 97(1) or Section 100, 101 or 163 of the Act, or
(B) an unpardoned offence against a person or a sexual offence under the Criminal Code (Canada); and
· within 10 years before their application for an instructor license suspended, cancelled or revoked under Section 278 or subsection 282(6), 283(3) or 283(6) of the Act
TRAINING VEHICLE
Additional vehicle requirements
Automatic ⁄ manual transmission
Dual control brakes: If vehicle is supplied by the driver training school or instructor
Passenger restrictions
Required insurance: Motor vehicles provided by a driver training school or by an instructor and must be insured under a motor vehicle liability insurance policy that is in the amount of at least $1 000 000.00, and that includes a driver training school endorsement
Vehicle class used
Vehicle signage: 
· Motor vehicles provided by a driver training school and used for driver training must have “DRIVER TRAINING” and the name of the driver training school clearly marked on both sides of the vehicle;
· “DRIVER TRAINING” or “STUDENT DRIVER” must be marked on the rear of the vehicle, free from foreign material and clearly visible for at least 60 m from the rear of the vehicle, in lettering that is at least 10 cm in height and made of reflectorized material;
· vehicle signage may also include a roof sign; and
· vehicle signage may be permanent or of removable magnetic material.
INSTRUCTOR REGULATIONS (IN-VEHICLE)
Additional regulations
Age
BAC level while instructing
Certifications⁄designations: See INSTRUCTOR REGULATIONS (INCLASS)
Driver ⁄ criminal record check: See INSTRUCTOR REGULATIONS (INCLASS)
Licence held: Class in which licence is being instructed
Location in vehicle while instructing
Minimum driving experience
Vehicle class used: Class in which licence is being instructed
COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
Successfully complete minimum in-classroom instruction hours
Successfully complete in-classroom evaluation: Must score at least 80% (20 out of 25 multiple choice questions) on the final exam
Successfully complete minimum in-vehicle instruction hours
Successfully complete in-vehicle evaluation
FOLLOWING PROGRAM COMPLETION
Driver Education certification issued to student
Insurance discount
Time-reduction in GDL program (number of months): The student becomes eligible for the provincial road test after three months, rather than after six months, by completing the 25/10 Full Driver Education Program.
PRACTICE DRIVING (WITH PARENT-GUARDIAN)
Minimum practice driving hours
Maximum period to complete the practice hours
Practice hours recorded on a log sheet
SUPERVISOR (PARENT-GUARDIAN) REGULATIONS
BAC level while supervising
Driver log
Licence held
Location while supervising
Minimum Age
Time licensed

CONTACT INFORMATION
Service Novice Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
Registry of Motor Vehicles
Mail Room, 8 South, Maritime Centre
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
Phone: 1-800-670-4357 
Website:
: http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/rmv/
WEBSITES
Driver Training Schools Regulations - https:// www.gov.ns.ca/just/regulations/regs/mvdtschl.htm
 
Safety Services Nova Scotia Motorcycle Training - http://www.safetyservicesns.ca/index.php/motorcycle-course/
 
Gearing Up Canada’s National Motorcycle Safety Training Program - http://www.ridertraining.org
 
Driver Training Schools Regulations - http://www.gov.ns.ca/JUST/regulations/regs/mvdtschl.htm