If you donâ€™t want to rely on the limited public transport in Nova Scotia (thatâ€™s if youâ€™re living outside Halifax Regional Municipality) you will need to buy a car!
When you first purchase a vehicle is not licensed (no number plate or motor vehicle permit ).Â To licence the vehicle, you will need to visit your local Access Nova Scotia office who, amongst other government services,Â arrange for the licensing of all vehicles.Â For your vehicle licence, you will need to produce:
your vehicle insurance (see below for our recommended insurance company)
transfer of title or Form 8E (this is arranged by the dealership)
you will also need to provide identification
Once all this has been done, the documentation accepted you will be provided with:
- a Certificate of Registration (which needs to be kept securely and safely, as this is your proof of ownership)
- a bright and shiny new vehicle licence plate, which needs to be affixed to the rear of your vehicle (try Wal Mart or Canadian Tire for the fixing screws!)
- a sticker with a month, two years in the future, signifying that you have paid for two years road tax, which needs to be affixed in the appropriate place on the licence plate
The Regulations have changed so that you can transfer your British Drivers License for a Class 5 NS one when you arrive. This also applies to a motor cycle license. Remember to keep a copy before you surrender your licence as the insurance company will need it.
HGV Class one drivers still have to pass a road test in order to drive. By obtaining a car license you are able to have it endorsed once you have passed your air-brakes test. This way you can show a prospective employer that you have completed that requirement.
To obtain yor licence you will need to go to an Access Nova Scotia location. Check here Access Nova Scotia website.
Nova Scotia license is renewable every 5 years.
If you are nervous about drivingÂ in Nova Scotia then book an assessment session with our preferred driving instructor.Â They will give you an honest opinion on your driving skills and identify any areas that you might need to work on in order to meet Nova Scotian driving standards requirements.
The driving assessment includes such operations as:
- Stopping and starting, both on a level road and on a hill.
- Changing gears in vehicles not having automatic transmissions, both on a level road and on a hill.
- Making left and right turns.
- Following another vehicle properly.
- Giving proper signals.
- Parallel and /or angle parking.
- Observing and complying with traffic control devices (signs, signals, and pavement markings)
- Making lane changes
The assessment will be conducted over a course of at least 3 kilometers and, where possible, in traffic. It will also test your ability to apply your knowledge of the rules of the road, to recognize road signs, and to react properly to actual driving conditions.
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Breakdown Recovery Assistance
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is one of the best known automotive groups within Canada providing breakdown recovery services.
CAA offers a range of membership options to suit your individual needs.
In addition to Emergency Roadside Assistance, CAA membership provides an ever-expanding range of products and services offering members choice and savings for their Automotive, Travel and Insurance needs.
Check out their website for more information regarding the services they have to offer.
Moving to a new country can be expensive and challenging. You need a car to
get around to find a place to live, visit schools for your children, and to go to
job interviews. Donâ€™t buy a car - save your money for other important things.
CarShareHFX can help.
CarShareHFX is a revolution in urban transportation â€“ it is a service that gives you
access to a car when you need it without the cost of owning it. Join CarShareHFX
and you will have 24-hour, self-serve access to a fleet of vehicles parked in your
neighbourhood - and across the city. You make a reservation by internet or phone,
and pay as low as $2.75 per hour plus a kilometer rate when you drive. CarSharing
is simply the fastest and easiest way for you to get everything on your list finished.
If you havenâ€™t left your place of origin yet, make sure you bring a record of driving
for the last three years. This will make it easier for you to sign up right away!
Our website is www.carsharehfx.ca or phone to 902.403.8407