News release

Pilot Project for Three-Wheeled Vehicles

Public Works

A five-year pilot project to test and evaluate the operation of federally approved three-wheeled vehicles on Nova Scotia roads begins this month.

“Road safety for all users is our priority and we want to make sure these federally regulated vehicles are suitable for use on our roadways,” said Twila Grosse, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, on behalf of Public Works Minister Kim Masland. “This project will give us the time we need to properly test, evaluate and review the long-term potential for three-wheeled vehicles on our roads.”

Three-wheeled vehicles are a unique class of vehicle, offering a hybrid design with three wheels, automotive seats, foot pedals and a steering wheel. While currently allowed in Nova Scotia, they are not eligible for registration so are registered in other provinces.

The pilot addresses requests from dealers and related businesses, and will bring Nova Scotia in line with all other Canadian provinces, which allow their use.

It begins Wednesday, May 15, across the province and runs until spring of 2029. Under the pilot project, three-wheeled vehicles must be registered and will be permitted as a passenger vehicle.

Quick Facts:

  • drivers will require a full Class 5 licence
  • drivers and passengers will be required to wear motorcycle helmets and passengers must be at least nine years old
  • users must follow the Three-Wheeled Vehicles Pilot Project regulations, which will be posted online, as part of the pilot provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act
  • Transport Canada determines which vehicles can be imported or sold in Canada, and which safety standards they must meet

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