allowance of truck modifications that improve aerodynamics and reduce fuel consumption allowance of longer double tractor-trailer configurations, giving more options and opportunities for the movement of goods changes to allow more trucks to go on more provincial roads technical changes to axle and drive configurations so trucking companies can stay current with existing industry practices New commercial regulations will make it easier and more efficient for truckers to deliver their goods to Nova Scotia from other parts of Canada. Government is amending weight and dimension regulations for commercial vehicles and is signing a memorandum of understanding that will bring Nova Scotia regulations in line with those of most other Canadian jurisdictions. “We want Nova Scotia to have the most competitive and business-friendly environment, and the last thing we need is a wall of red tape greeting truckers when they hit our border,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “We’ve committed to getting rid of unnecessary red tape both within our province and between provinces. This is one example of how we’re doing that. These changes will make it easier for trucking businesses to be successful.” Revisions include the following: “We applaud the province for making these changes to the regulations; they bring us closer to harmonization on vehicle weights and dimensions with other provinces across Canada,” said Jean-Marc Picard, executive director, Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association. “Trucking is an important part of the economy in Nova Scotia and an essential service to deliver all goods. Aligning ourselves with other provinces on weights and dimensions brings much needed efficiencies and smoother flow of goods.” The changes are in response to industry’s requests and are endorsed by the National Task Force on Vehicle Weights and Dimensions which monitors, evaluates, and recommends necessary changes. Earlier this year, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick created the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. The Office’s mandate is to identify and eliminate barriers to growth within the province and region and, by doing so, contribute to a stronger economy. To learn more, visit www.novascotia.ca/regulatoryopportunity .
The planned disruption threatened to bring chaos to Heathrow Two women and a man, who have not yet been named, were also arrested in Highgate, north London.The “pre-emptive” arrests came just hours before protesters from an Extinction Rebellion splinter group called Heathrow Pause had threatened to bring disruption and chaos to the airport.The campaign, which comes in the wake of a series of high profile environmental protests involving Extinction Rebellion, was aimed at pointing out the damage caused by increasing carbon emissions from aircraft and dangers of allowing airport expansion. Five people, including the founder of environmental group, Extinction Rebellion, have been arrested, ahead of planned protests that had threatened to bring disruption to Heathrow Airport.Roger Hallam and fellow campaigner, Mike Lynch-White, were among three men and two women who were held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance.The five people arrested were suspected of planning to fly drones around Britain’s busiest airport on Friday as part of a planned illegal protest to highlight the environmental damage associated with the airline industry.Mr Hallam and Mr Lynch-White had been conducting an interview with journalists in east London, when officers from the Metropolitan Police arrived and arrested them.According to witnesses the police arrived in four cars and after arresting Mr Hallam and Mr Lynch-White, took them away in handcuffs. The protest threatened to bring complete chaos to Heathrow, potentially endangering flights and grounding thousands of passengers.It was also planned to comes just days after tens of thousands of British Airways passengers were affected by a two day pilots’ strike.On Wednesday, Scotland Yard warned protesters who were caught flying drones inside a 5km exclusion zone around the airport that they would face the “full force of the law”. Speaking after the arrests, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “We have carried out these arrests today in response to proposed plans for illegal drone use near Heathrow Airport which protest group Heathrow Pause have said will take place on Friday morning.”Our policing plan is aimed at preventing criminal activity which poses a significant safety and security risk to the airport, and the thousands of passengers that will be using it.”We have warned previously that arrests would be made if this activity continued.”In these circumstances, we believe these arrests to be a proportionate response to preventing criminal activity that could significantly impact on a major piece of national infrastructure.”We remain fully prepared for the planned protest tomorrow, and will work quickly to identify criminal activity and arrest anyone committing offences.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Roger Hallam, Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion, was just arrested in front of my eyes. From what I understand because of the planned „Heathrow Pause“-Action. More soon @SPIEGELONLINE @extinctionr pic.twitter.com/5tUBJU0aT9— Raphael Thelen (@RaphaelThelen) September 12, 2019 A Heathrow spokesman said: “Flying a drone within 5km of Heathrow is illegal and any persons found doing so will be subject to the full force of the law.”He added: “We agree with the need to act on climate change but driving change requires constructive engagement and action.”Committing criminal offences and disrupting passenger journeys is counterproductive and irresponsible.” read more