On Feb. 1, changes to motor vehicle inspection regulations take effect to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians. One of the most significant changes is the new out of service designation for vehicles that are not roadworthy and could jeopardize the health and safety of the driver or others. Under the new regulations, those vehicles are not allowed back on the road until the problem is repaired. Vehicles that require minor repairs but do not pose an immediate safety hazard will still receive a rejected sticker, and the owner will have 10 days to make the repairs and get the vehicle re-inspected. Additional changes include the need to keep the inspection certificate in the vehicle. Wheel removal will be required in order to thoroughly inspect brakes. There are exceptions for new vehicles that dealerships purchase from manufacturers. Industry is also subject to new inspection rules and penalties for non-compliance. “These improvements will make the roads safer for Nova Scotians. Our inspectors have seen accidents where regulations like these may have saved lives,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “The brake inspection also brings us in line with New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, with whom we have a reciprocal agreement to honour inspections.” The changes will ensure vehicles with a sticker are safe at the time of inspection. They will make it more difficult to avoid a valid inspection with stolen stickers or a poor-quality inspection. Changes also include enhanced qualifications for testers and increase the accountability of station operators to ensure the quality of safety inspections. Training for motor vehicle inspection testers across the province will be completed by Feb. 1. The sessions focus on changes to the motor vehicle inspection regulations, the new motor vehicle inspection manual, and information on the new standards for vehicle testers. These are the first substantial changes to the motor vehicle inspection process since its inception in 1967. Because of the improved vehicle inspections, fees have been increased to $25 for most passenger vehicles. For more information, see the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/popular/mvi.asp .
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind complemented on Monday the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for providing excellent coverage to the swearing-in ceremony of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30. A delegation led by I&B Secretary Amit Khare apprised the president about the elaborate steps taken by various media units to ensure comprehensive and world-class coverage across all media and social media platforms covering almost the entire globe. He said, for the benefits of the hearing-impaired viewers, DD Bharati provided commentary in sign language besides commentaries in Hindi and English in other channels of DD. The delegation included the Principal Director General of PIB, Sitanshu Kar; DG Doordarshan, Supriya Sahu; DG Air, F Shehriyar, Principal DG AIR News Ira Joshi and DG DD News, Mayank Aggarwal.
The Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance is calling on landowners in the lower Big Creek watershed for help with the Long Point region phragmites control program.Phragmites is an aggressive invasive plant that can harm local plants and animals, and impact farm crops and operations by clogging drains and blocking access to irrigation ponds.Since 2015, the alliance has implemented a management approach for controlling invasive phragmites in the Long Point. The control work has been focused in the marshes at Long Point and Turkey Point to restore biodiversity to the globally significant ecosystems.In 2019, the program is expanding into the Big Creek watershed to control scattered patches of phragmites that exist.“What we’re trying to do is engage land owners in the phase one area,” said Brett Norman, co-ordinator of the Big Creek phragmites control program. “Right now, we’re doing a door-to-door approach, but anyone interested in being part of the program can reach out to us.”Anyone within the control area can have phragmites on their property removed for free. Depending on the extent of phragmites on a property, removal could cost from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, according to the alliance.The Big Creek program currently is only available for landowners in the lower Big Creek area. In future years, the program will move up the watershed.Just one phragmite seed head can produce up to 10,000 viable seeds that are carried on the wind to new locations.Norman said it doesn’t take long for phragmites to spread.“It’s a very aggressive plant,” he said. “It grows in inches and feet per day, it spreads very rapidly. Even a small patch wouldn’t take long to dominate, say, an irrigation pond.”Interested landowners are asked to contact the alliance at email@example.com.