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«Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of ...»

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• Auto carrier, campers and boats

• Inter-city bus with pony trailer NOTE: Overweight permits may also be required for busses pulling trailers, where the trailer does not hold their own licensed GVW and where the bus does not have a licensed GVW high enough to accommodate the combined weight of the bus and trailer.

Apply and immediately receive a Single Trip, Non-Resident permit for a vehicle that has an actual gross vehicle weight between 5,000 kg and 63,500 kg and is categorized as one of the following vehicle types.

• Commercial Vehicles

• Commercial Passenger Vehicle (Bus)

• Industrial Vehicle (X-Plated)

• Farm Tractor

• Farm Vehicle Apply and immediately receive a Motive Fuel User permit (based on total distance travelled in BC) for a vehicle that has an actual gross vehicle weight between 11,800 kg and 63,500 kg.

NOTE: Vehicles licensed less than 11,800 kg and having more than two axles, also require a Motive Fuel User permit. In this situation, please contact the Provincial Permit Centre at 1-800-559-9688. For more information, please refer to www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/mft_008.pdf.

Pay online for the requested permit using your Inspection Station account (certain permit types only) or credit card.

Retrieve and view copies of your organization’s permits using the Permit Search function.

• Search by permit number, date, license plate, and/or permit type.

• Copies are displayed in PDF format and can be printed and/or saved.

At this time, all other permits must be requested through the Provincial Permit Centre (1-800-559-9688).


Recent Changes – June 30, 2014 PURPOSE OF CIRCULAR: Deadline for Planned Trailer Axle Weight Reductions Extended to December 31, 2015 for Affected Vehicles To notify owners and operators of the following truck configurations that the scheduled trailer weight reductions as detailed below will be postponed until December 31, 2015.

1. Quad-Axle Full Trailers (Appendix F) The proposed decrease in the maximum allowable weight for a quad-axle full trailer from 34,000 kg to 31,000 kg has been cancelled, per Director’s Decision Feb 2014.

2. Tridem Pole Trailers (Appendix H), Quad- and Tri-Axle Pole Trailers (Appendix I), and Tridem Hayrack Semi-Trailers in Logging Applications (Appendices D and G) The scheduled decreases in the maximum allowable weights for these vehicles will be postponed until December 31, 2015 or until a more permanent decision may be taken, whichever occurs sooner.

Tridem pole trailer Tri-axle pole trailer Quad-axle pole trailer Tridem hayrack semi-trailer in logging applications With the current allowances, maximum weights on these trailers are as follows; please note that other applicable limits and provisions, such as manufacturers’ ratings, tire loading, and the

additional weights from section 7.26 CTR, still apply:

BC-10 07/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Tridem pole trailer 25,000 kg Tri-axle pole trailer 26,100 kg Quad-axle pole trailer 34,000 kg including allowances from section 7.26 CTR Tridem hayrack semi-trailer 25,000 kg


Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement is extending the date for the weight changes described above until December 31, 2015 pending the completion of further research.

No commercial transport permit is required for operators of vehicle combinations including one of the above trailer types to operate at the unreduced maximum trailer weight.

See CVSE 1000 General Permit Conditions to 4.4 m OAW (May 14, 2014) Pending Changes – None Noted

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The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association is pleased to publish this Oversize/ Overweight Permit Manual.

Each state analysis includes information in a standardized format: contact, legal limits, special permit limits, general restrictions, types of permits available, fees, escort needs, fines, and restricted travel areas. Telephone numbers, locations, and hours of operation are listed for ports of entry and permit branches. However, readers are always advised to check with the state offices on current laws and procedures. This project could not have been completed without the advice and consultation of many state officials. We thank all of those who provided permit manuals, maps, laws, regulations, and various other forms of documentation.

Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of overdimensional and overweight loads. This Permit Manual is not intended to be an accurate summary of all the applicable laws and regulations. Users of the Permit Manual should confirm the information contained herein before dispatching vehicles and loads. The SC&RA cautions Permit Manual users that state laws and regulations are subject to change without notice, and that some time elapses between the effective date of such changes and the amendment of the Permit Manual to reflect those changes. The SC&RA assumes no responsibility for accident, injury, loss or claim, penalties or any other damage resulting from reliance on the contents of this Permit Manual.

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The Weight & Dimensions Compliance Guide can be downloaded at http://www.gov.mb.ca/tgs/compreg


RE: Government announces amendments to the Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highway Regulation (MR 575/88) The Manitoba Government has amended the Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highway Regulation (MR 575/88). This regulation sets out the permissible weights and dimensions for commercial motor vehicles travelling on Manitoba roads. These amendments, which are effective June 23, 2014, are

intended to:

Increase productively for Manitoba’s motor carrier industry by accommodating newer vehicle configurations;

Reduce barriers and Increase regional competiveness through the harmonization of regulations with neighbouring jurisdictions;

Encourage the use of fuel efficient devices and tires by increasing the permissible weights and dimensions for vehicles adopting these measures;

Meet Manitoba’s obligations set out in various MOUs and agreements with other jurisdictions;

Address road safety issues by prohibiting vehicle configurations that are deemed to be unsafe.

MB-2 06/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Highlights

• Aerodynamic Devices and Wildlife Bumpers: These devices are intended to make vehicles more fuel efficient and safer. An allowance in the overall length of a vehicle of up to 0.61 m to accommodate an aerodynamic device mounted at the rear of the vehicle and up to 0.3 m for wildlife bumpers increases the overall length permitted for a motor carrier. This additional length should encourage the use of these devices.

• Wide-base Single Tires and Track Width: These new generation tires increase the fuel efficiency of a commercial motor vehicle. Several new provisions to increase the maximum permissible weights for vehicles equipped with wide-base single tires, and to reduce the track width required when a carrier wants to retrofit existing trailers, are included in the amended regulation. These provisions will make it easier for carriers to use these types of tires by reducing or eliminating barriers that may have discouraged their use in the past.

• B-Train Length: In response to requests from the motor carrier industry, the permissible length for a BTrain configuration is increasing to 26 m from 25 m. When combined with the allowance for aerodynamic devices and wildlife bumpers, the overall maximum permissible length for this type of vehicle will be up to

26.9 m. This measure will increase productivity while reducing green house gas emissions. It will also bring Manitoba requirements into harmony with those of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

• Maximum Permissible Weight on a Truck Tractor Steering Axle: An increase in the maximum allowable weight by 500 kg to 6,000 kg for a steering axle on truck tractors with single or tandem drives accommodates the added weight for exhaust emission control technologies, wildlife protection, and other equipment routinely being added to truck tractors.

• Tridem Drive: Repeal of the prohibition of tridem drives is included in the amended regulation. In recognition that tridem drive vehicles are commonplace on Manitoba’s highways, the prohibition on tridem drives is repealed and permits are no longer required to authorize carriers to use vehicles with tridem drives. In order to ensure that these types of vehicles continue to be safe there is a provision to increase the maximum permissible weight on the steering axle from 5,500 kg to 7,300 kg, which allows carriers to maintain a safe differential between the steering and drive axles. These provisions also serve to make Manitoba carriers more competitive since it harmonizes our regulations with those in neighbouring Canadian jurisdictions, and in particular, Saskatchewan.

• Tandem Steering Axles: The amendments include a provision to authorize the use of tandem steering axles on trucks. A corresponding increase in the maximum permissible axle weight is also included. These provisions will harmonize Manitoba’s regulation with Saskatchewan’s regulatory provisions.

• Tandem Steering Truck Tractors Prohibited: This provision prohibits the use of this vehicle configuration for general use. Permits will continue to be issued to carriers for the purpose of heavy haul operations, such as those in the oil fields.

• Tandem Steering Axle and Single Drive Axle Combinations Prohibited: This vehicle configuration is unstable and can cause substantial damage to infrastructure. To ensure the safety of all users of Manitoba’s roads, this vehicle type is prohibited.

• Classes of Highways: Amendments to Schedule B serve to re-classify many of Manitoba’s roads to RTAC loading or seasonal RTAC loading, in recognition that certain existing highways can sustain traffic at RTAC weights without significant negative impacts to the infrastructure. It also establishes CenterPort Canada Way and a portion of PR 221 as “super” RTAC routes with a loading capacity of 63,500 kg. Other changes, under Schedule C, establish certain highways as A1 or seasonal A1 highways. The re-classification of all of these highways will eliminate the need for carriers to obtain permits to travel with loads up to the maximum permissible RTAC or A1 vehicle weights, as set out under Schedule H. This will allow the motor carrier industry to realize gains in both efficiency and productivity.

• Motor Home Length: The current permissible length for motor homes is 12.5 m. Increasing the permissible length to 14 m will accommodate newer motor homes travelling on Manitoba roads, bringing Manitoba’s provisions in harmony with other Canadian jurisdictions.

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General – A permit is required when height of a vehicle or load exceeds 4.15 m. The issuance of any permit remains subject to the discretion of the traffic authority.

Typically, permits may be issued for non-divisible loads only, meaning that there cannot be two or more pieces of equipment stacked on top of the other to exceed 4.15 m in height.

If the overall height exceeds 4.6 m, the permit must be approved by Manitoba Telecom Services. The applicant is responsible to obtain this approval, and have it forwarded to Permit Services.

If the overall height exceeds 4.8 m, the permit must be approved by Manitoba Hydro. The applicant is responsible to obtain this approval, and have it forwarded to Permit Services.

Maximum vehicle lengths are specified in Part V of the Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highways Regulation (M.R.575/88). Typically, permits will be granted only when the length is non-divisible in nature. The issuance of any permit is subject to the discretion of The Traffic Authority.

Typically, permits are not issued for overlength loads carried on a straight truck. Qualifying vehicles include a truck tractor and semi-trailer, or a truck and trailer combination.

Escort vehicles are required to follow loads in excess of 30.0 m length.

When lengths exceed 30.0 m flagging may be required when exiting and entering onto or off of highways.

Two escort vehicles maybe required, based on prevailing conditions along the requested route.

A permit may be issued to allow exceeding the limitation of the RTAC effective rear overhang (subsection 16(2) of the Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highways Regulation (MR 575/88)). This permit may be issued for the movement of commodities such as steel beams or other types of non-divisible overlength loads.

An overwidth permit is required when the width of the vehicle or load (referred to as the “load” hereafter) exceeds 2.60 meters. The issuance of any permits remains subject to the discretion of the Traffic Authority.

Typically, the load must be non-divisible, that is, two items are not allowed to be loaded side by side to produce a width greater than 2.60 m.

When width exceeds 3.05 m, "D" signs or "Wide Load" signs are required on the front of the truck/truck tractor and at the rear of the load or trailer, which ever is greater. When the width exceeds 4.60 m., the permittee must provide escort vehicles.

It is desirable for the permittee to have the permit in their possession where the load exceeds 4.6m wide because of the complexity of conditions associated with wider moves. Where this is not practical or convenient, the permittee may proceed under the authority of the permit number providing all conditions are clearly understood. If width exceeds 6.0 m, the load must be moved on beams and dollies or an approved alternative method.

The request for a permit of 9.0 m in width or greater must be made at least two business days prior to the move date, to allow sufficient time to analyze all aspects of the move. A Transportation and Government Services representative may be required to accompany the move, and if the width is such that highway signs must be moved, a Departmental crew must also accompany the vehicle to remove and install the signs, at the mover's expense.

Insurance — Required for vehicle and load, but does not need to be on file with the provincial office.

Weekend/Night Travel — Night travel may be allowed up to 4.45 m wide and 30 m long. Typically, a load in excess of 3.7 m wide requires escort vehicles both front and rear.

An exemption to the night travel policy involves house trailers and grain bins. They can travel up to 5.0 m wide on four lane divided highways only, with one escort vehicle to follow the load.

MB-4 06/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual There are no travel restrictions placed on permits that are solely for overheight loads. This means that assuming all necessary approvals are in place, weekend, statutory holiday and nighttime travel are all allowed.

Loads in excess of 25 m with a rear overhang on truck-tractor semi-trailer combinations are subject to daylight travel only, with no travel allowed on Sundays or statutory holidays. Additional seasonal conditions may be applicable, as outlined in Appendix A: Travel Restrictions.

If the length exceeds 30.0 m, night travel is not permitted.

Overwidth permits may be valid for night travel subject to the following conditions:

the width must not exceed 4.45 m, and escort vehicles are required front and rear for loads greater than 3.70 m wide.

Widths exceeding 4.6 m are not normally allowed on the highways during Spring Road Restrictions, due to the fact that they can damage vulnerable shoulders.

Widths in excess of 4.6 m are not valid before 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on PTH's 100 and 101. They are also not valid on any commuter routes or truck routes in or out of the City of Winnipeg during these time periods unless specifically approved.

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