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Pedicab Operation Regulations

made under subsection 10(1) of the

Motor Vehicle Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 293

O.I.C. 2006-412 (September 29, 2006), N.S. Reg. 183/2006


1     These regulations may be cited as the Pedicab Operation Regulations.


2     In these regulations,


                (a)    “Act” means the Motor Vehicle Act;


                (b)    “pedicab” means a vehicle that is designed to transport an operator and 3 or fewer passengers, has 3 wheels that are at least 350 mm in diameter and that


                         (i)     is propelled by human power, or


                         (ii)    is propelled by human and mechanical power and


                                  (A)   is fitted with pedals that are operable at all times to propel the pedicab, and


                                  (B)   has an attached motor that is driven by electricity producing no more than 500 W and that is incapable of providing further assistance when the pedicab reaches a speed of 30 km/h on level ground.

Pedicab is class of vehicle

3     There is a class of vehicle designated and known as a pedicab.

Rules of operation

4     Every person who operates a pedicab on a highway is subject to the provisions of the Act and the regulations made under the Act that are applicable to a driver of a vehicle, except those provisions that by their very nature can have no application.

Restrictions on operating pedicab on public highway

5     A person may operate a pedicab on a public highway if


                (a)    the public highway is within the boundaries of a city, town or regional municipality and has a maximum speed limit of 50 km/h; and


                (b)    the pedicab is operated in accordance with any applicable city, town or municipal by-laws or regulations made under Section 305 of the Act.

Operation of pedicab

6     (1)    While operating a pedicab, a person must do all of the following:


                (a)    stay as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb of a highway;


                (b)    keep both hands on the handlebars at all times;


                (c)    keep both feet on the pedals at all times.


       (2)    While operating a pedicab, a person must not do any of the following:


                (a)    operate the pedicab abreast of or parallel to another vehicle in motion on a highway;


                (b)    pass another vehicle in motion on a highway;


                (c)    operate the pedicab on a sidewalk;


                (d)    carry another person on the handlebar or frame of the pedicab or on the operator’s body.


       (3)    A person must not ride on the handlebar or frame of a pedicab or on the body of the person operating the pedicab.

Age of operator

7     (1)    A person who is under 19 years of age must not operate a pedicab on a highway.


       (2)    A parent or guardian of a person under 16 years of age must not authorize or knowingly permit that person to operate a pedicab.

Penalty for violation of regulations

8     A person who violates these regulations is liable to a penalty of $50.