Transportation of Liquor Addressed in Legislation

first_img Responsible drivers in Nova Scotia will not be prosecuted forhaving unopened liquor in any area of a motor vehicle. The change is the result of amendments to the Liquor Control Actintroduced today, April 19, by Ernest Fage, Minister responsiblefor the Liquor Control Act. “We wanted to clarify this piece of legislation to ensure thatthe real issue is addressed, and that is the issue of havingopened liquor in the passenger compartment of a vehicle,” saidMr. Fage. “Sealed, unopened liquor is allowed in any area of avehicle.” As a result of the changes, previously opened liquor, which hasbeen recapped or recorked, may be transported in the trunk oranother part of a vehicle designed for carrying baggage or goods;behind the rear seat of vehicles that do not have a trunk (suchas vans, hatch-backs); or in an exterior compartment, such as thebed of a truck. Further, liquor may be transported under alicence or permit that is issued under the act. The changes also outline how liquor is to be transported on amotorcycle, off-highway vehicle and other recreational vehicles.Specifically, the Act will now allow previously opened liquor tobe transported in a baggage compartment or otherwise inaccessiblearea. The opened liquor cannot be readily accessible to the driver orpassengers. Cases where liquor is open — the cap or cork is removed — in amotor vehicle will continue to be prosecuted. Additional changes to the Act include permitting thetransportation of liquor to any location where a person ispermitted to have or consume liquor. Previously, liquor couldonly be transported to a place of residence. N.S. LIQUOR CORP.–Transportation of Liquor Addressed inLegislationlast_img read more

Province HRM Invest in Hybrid Bus Technology

first_imgPublic transit is even better for the environment with two new hybrid buses on the roads in Halifax Regional Municipality. The vehicles were unveiled today, March 2, by Bill Estabrooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, and Peter Kelly, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality. “Hybrid technology has the potential to save money and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions for urban transit operators across the province,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Bus riders will enjoy a quieter and more comfortable commute, and everyone will benefit from cleaner air.” The total cost is $2.4 million. Conserve Nova Scotia contributed $600,000 to Metro Transit’s investment. “Our transit fleet has been progressive in testing a number of alternative fuels and emission reducing products over the years,” said Mayor Kelly. “The buses will initially be used in the downtown core on Route 1 Spring Garden and Route 10 Dalhousie. “This will maximize benefit to both passengers and citizens alike, since each articulated hybrid bus replaces at least 80 cars in rush hour.” These hybrids are equipped with 2010 emission compliant diesel engines and are expected to use 25 to 30 per cent less fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 30 per cent. Together, the two vehicles could save more than 49,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year. “We are thrilled the province and the municipality are working together to increase the sustainability of the public transit system,” said Jen Powley, sustainable transportation co-ordinator at the Ecology Action Centre. “It’s up to us as individuals to take advantage of these options to reduce our carbon footprint.” Metro Transit will evaluate the fuel usage and operating costs over the next 18 months. More information is available at www.GetOnBoardHRM.calast_img read more