SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–New Safety Rules For DrivingSchools include a provision that a criminal record check be conducted as part of the initial licensing of a school or instructor; enhance the training programs for instructors; report course results to the department, ensure that instructors must be employed by either a public or private educational institution or have completed an instructors course approved by the department; increase in-car training to 10 hours; include instruction on cross walk safety, require that vehicles used for training are in good mechanical condition, and require driving schools to have all the necessary equipment and personnel to conduct both classroom and on-road training. New driver training school regulations will help make for a saferenvironment for students learning how to drive, Service NovaScotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet announcedtoday, Oct. 1. “Driver training provides new drivers with a sound foundation andis an important part of making our roads safer,” said theminister. After reviewing the driving school and instructor regulations,representatives of the industry and members of the Road SafetyAdvisory Committee, the committee responsible for promoting roadsafety, agreed that changes were needed. The revisions are partof the initial renewal of licences for driving schools. The new regulations will: The minister added that the updated rules will enable theprovince to maintain an effective and safe driving schoolprogram. Driver training schools and instructors are licensed underprovisions of the Motor Vehicle Act. For more information see thewebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/.
With flying colours: Colleen McGuire, a Brock alumna and site coordinator for the 2015 Pan Am Games, gets help raising the flag from Tom Arkell, Associate Vice President of University Services.The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games flag was raised at Brock today (July 3) as the University prepares to host hundreds of athletes and officials from across the Americas.The teams, who will be here from July 5 through 17, will be competing in Pan Am rowing, canoe and kayak events being held at venues in Niagara.As a satellite village for Games athletes, the University will also be getting added security resources. Members of the Brock community will see increased security presence around Residence Road (in front of Concordia Seminary) and on Ray Woodfield Drive (between the small traffic circle and Residence Road).Residences being used by Pan Am guests will have restricted access during the Pan Am stay, and police will also be staffing roadside checkpoints on campus. These checkpoints are intended to be visual only, though officers may occasionally speak with drivers, depending on the level of security required.We should also anticipate increased traffic flows on campus roads during peak periods, and the Brock community’s patience is appreciated as the University welcomes some of the world’s top athletes to Niagara.To read more about Brock’s role as a Pan Am site, see earlier coverage in The Brock News.