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Province stands by OHV Act changes following fatal incident

By Evan Taylor May 31, 2024 | 6:29 AM

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Following a tragic incident near New Ross where an infant was killed when a side-by-side rolled over the province is standing by their changes to the Off Highway Vehicle Act.

The changes were made permanent on September 29 following a pilot project that allowed off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to access trails and services via designated road shoulders and roadways.

Public Works Minister Kim Masland was asked if her government had any second thoughts on the changes following the tragic incident and she gave no indication they would be rolling back them back.

“We continue to work with ATVANs (All Terrain Vehicle Association of Nova Scotia) to make sure that the safety guidelines and policies are adhered to,” Masland said. “This was a very tragic accident and I can’t imagine the loss as a mother of losing a child but certainly we do have strong regulations and enforcement.”

RCMP continues to investigate the incident in New Ross and have indicated charges may be possible.