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Mar022009

Nova Scotia government to change MVI scheme

Mechanic Darren Pelley replaces a ball joint on a customer’s vehicle after performing a motor vehicle inspection at Darrell Hebb’s Auto Repair in Halifax on Thursday. (TIM KROCHAK / The Chronicle Herald)

Nova Scotia will be seeing some changes to the motor vehicle inspection process this year and not all people are happy about it.

The government in Nova Scotia in recent years has been under pressure to bring the inspection scheme more in line with other provinces in Canada. Currently, it is one of the only provinces that does annual mandatory inspections.

Among the changes are less frequent inspections, second opinions on failed inspections, and making the inspection process simpler by removing low risk items. It will be rolled out in two phases, on April 1st and June 1st. Starting in April, new vehicles purchased in the province with a pre-delivery inspection will not need to be inspected again for 3 years followed by the changes in June that simplify the items required to be inspected.

But, there are a few opponents to the new plan, mainly those who own shops which perform the inspections and rely on the annual revenue generated by them.

Darrell Hebb, a shop owner in Halifax, wasn't shy in telling the Chronicle Herald what he thought about the plan.

"I believe there should be safety inspections every year, including new cars. If these cars aren’t going to be inspected every year, no one’s going to bring their vehicle in. If they have a noise, they’re just going to hope it goes away," he said.

[Source: The Chronicle Herald]

Reader Comments (3)

every 3 years... that's far more often than here in ontario where there's no regular vehicle inspection required... only happens when the vehicle changes hands on the used market...
Mar 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmro
just take a look at the roods you are driving on . do you think your car will make it two years with out something going wrong in the front end . all i can say is i hope our goverment can handle the blood of our children on there hands . rusty brake lines and front ends dont mix with crosswalks . it wont be good.
MVI SHOULD BE DONE EVERY YEAR AND UNDERCOATING SHOULD BE MANDITORY EVERY YEAR AS WELL . THIS WOULD CUT BACK ON ALL MOST ALL OF THE RUST ISSUES IN THIS PROVINCE .
Mar 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTHINK ABOUT IT

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