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Less red tape for automated flagger use coming to Nova Scotia

October 24, 2023  By Rock to Road Staff

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DARTMOUTH, N.S. ­­­— Roadbuilding companies operating in Nova Scotia will soon find it easier to use automated flagger assistance devices.

The government introduced amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act earlier this month to remove the requirement for the Traffic Authority to approve a company’s plan for using the devices. Currently plans for device use must have approval before work can begin.

Minister of Public Works for Nova Scotia Kim Masland says the change will help to alleviate unnecessary backlogs for road works projects.

“When it comes to our roads, safety will always be our first priority,” said Masland. “Making it faster and simpler for companies to use these devices will reduce the risk of injury by separating more workers from traffic. By helping industry get to work sooner, these amendments may also help reduce delays on construction projects.”


The devices were recognized by the Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual in April 2023 and, after successful use this year, the government hopes to have the new amendments in place before next construction season begins.

Executive director of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association Grant Feltmate supports the change, calling it a benefit to both members and taxpayers.

“We are always supportive of the removal of unnecessary regulatory red tape that allows for more efficient delivery of our work in Nova Scotia,” he said.

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