PORT HAWKESBURY: News that the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) approved an application from the Strait regional school board (SRSB) to amend its motor carrier license sits well with officials from the school board.

“We made our license current to our current activities,” said Sherman England, director of operations for the SRSB.

“The board operates a bus fleet under a motor carrier license giving us the right to transport students,” he explained. “What we were doing was an amendment to one component and the deletion of another.

“At one point in time, we were licensed to carry students to the Les Jeux de l’Acadie [Acadian Games] because we did transportation for the CSAP [Conseil scolaire acadien provincial] but we no longer do that so we didn’t need that rider on our licence,” he said. “We also added an amendment. We provide support for clients who attend shelter workshops.”

Now that the UARB’s given its green light, SRSB buses will be able to transport CACL (Canadian Association for Community Living) residents, and those attending sheltered workshop vocational training programs including SHOPS (Sherbrooke Opportunities Society), GOALS (Guysborough Options for Adaptive Living) and ROC (Regional Occupation Centre) to and from said programs within the area.

“In the Strait region, we are the only means for some of these people to get to a shelter workshop,” England added.