Paul d'Entremont Marine Ltd

Paul d'Entremont Marine Ltd

March 23, 2007 11:25 ET

Kudos to Nova Scotia's Premier and the Tory Government

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2007) - More than 200 off-highway vehicle enthusiasts from Yarmouth to Sydney want to thank Premier MacDonald and the Minister of Natural Resources, David Morse for recognizing their concerns and taking time to address the crowd at a rally in front of Province House on Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

Rider Federations, OHV dealers and OHV riders have been frustrated since spring 2006 when they saw Nova Scotia's government implement new OHV legislation that has had unforeseen consequences that have resulted in very negative impacts on small businesses and rural communities.

Gord MacDonald, an ATV dealer in Sydney said that those who attended the rally were pleased to hear what Minister Morse had to say around clarification of the amendments to the off-highway vehicle (OHV) regulations. We are happy with the changes the government has made so far and believe that this is a giant first step in helping to clarify where off-highway vehicle operators can drive, better define how landowners can grant permission for use of their property and will exempt some experienced riders from safety training.

Minister Morse says that the changes are part of the province's ongoing effort to balance protections with safe and responsible use of off-highway vehicles and that they are continually working to improve how Nova Scotia governs its off-highway vehicles.

When asked MacDonald also stated "that another change we want to see is easing restrictions on children younger than 14, who must now ride on closed courses, although they said there are no such courses available yet. But don't get me wrong, we are very happy with what we heard yesterday and want to thank the Minister and all of the MLA's who have taken the time to listen to us and to work with us on solutions that will help us all in the end. Education, training and safety is what we all want first and foremost."

Those who attended the rally on behalf of OHV dealers, rider federations and rider enthusiasts look forward to working with the Nova Scotia OHV committee on further recommendations that will soon be released. We again thank the government for clarifying what is in the amended regulations and an extra thank you from rural Nova Scotia for protecting a way of life.

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