Demerit Points – Nova Scotia

Update:

see source, RCMP

Nova Scotia Demerit Point System




All sections referenced can be found in the Motor Vehicle Act of Nova Scotia .

Demerit  Points  Table

Careless and Imprudent Driving6
Speeding or Dangerous Driving6
Failing to Stop at Accident
or perform any duty imposed by Section 97
6
Speeding in School Bus6
Racing6
BAC Exceeds6
Fail to Comply with Demand Section6
Pass School Bus or failure
to obey crossing guard
6
Failure to Yield to Pedestrian4
Improper Passing4
Fail to Obey Traffic Control Person4
Speeding in excess of
prima facie speed limit
4
Speeding in excess of posted limit4
Speeding by 31 km/h or over4
Speeding by 16 to 30 km/h3
Speeding by 1 to 15 km/h2
Fail to obey traffic signs
or signals, or yield, or right of way
2
Driving to left of center line2
Operating MV Without Adequate Brakes2
Offences involving the use of
a motor vehicle in motion
under the following Sections:
70, 70(A), 70(B),75(5), 107,
111, 112, 117, 118, 119,
120, 123, 164, 165
169(2), 175(2), 175(3),
175(4), 178, 185
2

The Motor Vehicle Act requires that points be assigned to a Driver’s Record as the result of convictions for certain offences under the Act. Points remain on the driver’s record for two (2) years* from the date of conviction and notation of the conviction remains on the driver’s record for five (5) years.

*except when the holder of a driver’s license or the privilege of obtaining a license is suspended before that

Please consult the following for information on how the demerit system is applied depending on the category of the driver:

Holder of a Learner’s License

WHEN THE HOLDER OF A LEARNER’S LICENSE
(a) has 2 or 3 points assigned to their record, an advisory letter may be sent.
(b) has 4 or more points assigned to their record, their driving privileges shall be suspended for a period of six months.

Newly Licensed Drivers

Definition: A person who qualified for a driver’s license, having less than two (2) years experience as a licensed driver, excluding experience while holding a Class 7 or 8 Driver’s License, has the status of a Newly Licensed Driver. A revocation (Section 278) or Suspension (Section 100A, 100B, 205, 227, 279, 279A, 282, or 283) during the Newly Licensed period, will require the person to complete a minimum two (2) year period as a Newly Licensed Driver from the date of restoration.

WHEN A NEWLY LICENSED DRIVER
(a) has 3 points assigned to their record, they may be sent a warning letter.
(b) has 4 or 5 points assigned to their record, they are required to appear for an interview with a Driver Enhancement Officer.
(c) has 10 or more points assigned to their record, their privileges shall be suspended for a period of six (6) months.

Any Other Driver

WHEN ANY OTHER DRIVER
(a) has 4 or 5 points assigned to their record, they may be sent a warning letter.
(b) has 6 to 9 points, a re-exam may be required or an advisory letter sent; based upon the activity appearing on the driver record.
(c) has 10 or more points assigned to their record, their driving privileges shall be suspended for a period of six (6) months.

Additional Information

PROBATIONARY DRIVER (DEFINED)
Following a period of suspension, resulting from an accumulation of points, the driver will have a status of Probationary License for a period of one year. If, during this term, three or more points are assigned against the driver’s record, their driving privileges shall be suspended for a period of six (6) months.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE
The Registrar may deduct up to four points from the record of a person upon being satisfied that such a person has successfully completed a self-improvement defensive driving course within the preceding year. (This applies to points first entered and still existing on the person’s record at the time when the Registrar acts.) Points cannot be deducted from a Class 7 license, Class 8 or a Newly Licensed Driver.

OUT OF PROVINCE DRIVER
The Registrar is authorized to suspend or revoke the right of any non-resident to operate a motor vehicle in Nova Scotia for any cause for which the license of a resident Driver may be suspended or revoked.

Demerit Points Table

All sections referenced can be found in the Motor Vehicle Act of Nova Scotia .

Careless and Imprudent Driving6
Speeding or Dangerous Driving6
Failing to Stop at Accident
or perform any duty imposed by Section 97
6
Speeding in School Bus6
Racing6
BAC Exceeds6
Fail to Comply with Demand Section6
Pass School Bus or failure
to obey crossing guard
6
Failure to Yield to Pedestrian4
Improper Passing4
Fail to Obey Traffic Control Person4
Speeding in excess of
prima facie speed limit
4
Speeding in excess of posted limit4
Speeding by 31 km/h or over4
Speeding by 16 to 30 km/h3
Speeding by 1 to 15 km/h2
Fail to obey traffic signs
or signals, or yield, or right of way
2
Driving to left of center line2
Operating MV Without Adequate Brakes2
Offences involving the use of
a motor vehicle in motion
under the following Sections:
70, 70(A), 70(B),75(5), 107,
111, 112, 117, 118, 119,
120, 123, 164, 165
169(2), 175(2), 175(3),
175(4), 178, 185
2
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