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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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Note: For additional information contact a scale house at 709-695-7886 FINES Where a person commits an offence under subsection 3(2) or section 4, that person is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $100. plus (a) $1.20 for each 50 kilograms of the first 2,300 kilograms;

(b) $2.40 for each 50 kilograms of the excess weight over 2,300 kilograms but not over 4,500 kilograms;

(c) $3.60 for each 50 kilograms of the excess weight over 4,500 kilograms but not over 7,000 kilograms;

(d) $4.80 for each 50 kilograms of the excess weight over 7,000 kilograms but not over 9,000 kilograms; and (e) $6 for each 50 kilograms of the excess weight over 9,000 kilograms.

(2) Where a vehicle has a dimension in excess of dimensions specified in section 9, the penalty shall be (a) $100 where less than or equal to 0.5 metres overdimension;

(b) $150 where greater than 0.5 metres but less than 1.77 metres overdimension;

(c) $300 where greater than or equal to 1.77 metres but not more than 2.6 metres; and (d) $750 where greater than 2.6 metres overdimension.

(3) In addition to the penalty imposed, in no case shall an overweight or overdimension proceed until a special permit has been obtained and all conditions attached have been complied with.


Travel is prohibited during low visibility or wind conditions that create a hazard. Certain areas have spring weight restrictions.

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To apply for a special permit, obtain an application from the minister. Payment instructions are on the reverse side of the application. On-line application is not currently available.

Policy and fee information for overweight and overdimension Special Permits can be found in the

Fees Policy. A direct link to a copy of the Fees Policy can be found at:



Recent Changes – In June 2001 Ministers responsible for vehicle weight and dimensions regulations within Atlantic Canada endorsed, in principle, a proposal which will lead to full implementation of uniform regulatory requirements throughout the region by December 31, 2009.

It should be noted that this agreement will affect normally regulated weight and dimension limits only and does not include or address provincial policies on special permits for oversize or overweight indivisible loads or for movement of specialized equipment.

The proposed agreement includes weight and dimension limit standards and an implementation strategy which was developed through extensive public consultation in each of the four participating provinces in Atlantic Canada from January to March 2000.

Regulatory changes will be required to implement the provisions of the proposed agreement in each of the four provinces. Subject to approval by each of the participating governments, it is anticipated that the proposed standards will be introduced in the fall of 2001.

For additional information on the proposed agreement please contact:

New Brunswick: Mr. Denis Goguen, Department of Transportation (506) 453-2802 Nova Scotia: Mr. Don Stonehouse, Department of Transportation and Public Works (902) 424-2490 Prince Edward Island: Mr. Doug MacEwen, Department of Transportation and Public Works (902) 368-5228 Newfoundland: Mr. Doug Sparkes, Department of Government Services (709) 729-4918 Harmonization of Vehicle Weight and Dimension Regulations Within the NAFTA Partnership, May 2001 As part of an agreement to establish a uniform regulatory regime for weight and dimension limits within the region, the Atlantic Provinces are expected to introduce changes in the

summer of 2001 as follows:

- a weight limit of 18,000 kg for all tandem axle groups with spreads between 1.2 and 1.85 m

- weight limits of 21,000 kg, 24,000 kg and 26,000 kg for tridem axle groups, depending upon spread

- an increase in the box length limit for A Train doubles to 20 m (from 18.5 m)

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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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NOTE - Effective February 10, 2009 amendments have been made to the Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles Regulations and the changes are now in effect.

The maximum gross vehicle weight increases for 6-axle tractor tridem semi-trailer configurations on those local roads that have bridges and other structures that can support the additional weight.

Six-axle tractor tridem semi-trailers are allowed to operate at a maximum weight of 47,500 kg on specified roads, an increase of 6,000 kg for those configurations.

See “Special Notes, Recent and Pending Changes”


See website for overweight & overdimensional limits & conditions (PR5033, PR5049) www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/smp/conditions.asp

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Permitted loads may be moved between the hours of 7:00am to 9:00am and 4:00pm to 6:00pm on all highways except those near Halifax Regional Municipality, and Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Divisible load permits not available.

The carrier is responsible for obtaining permission from municipalities and utility companies before applying for a special move.

Standard Conditions A valid permit, obtained from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations must be in the possession of the driver of the vehicle and is subject to revocation at any time.

For roads that are not owned by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, the mover must contact the Municipality who owns the road.

The vehicle is not permitted on any highway during adverse road and weather conditions, or when visibility is reduced as to create a hazard.

A distance between over dimensional vehicles must be no less than 500 meters while operating on a highway.

The vehicle must observe traffic and must, when traffic begins to accumulate behind the movement, pull off the road and allow traffic to pass.

The mover will be held responsible for all damages caused as a result of the moving of the special move permitted vehicle.

If the view to the rear is obstructed or interfered with by a trailer (either loaded or unloaded) attached to the vehicle, or by the loading of the vehicle, an outside rear vision mirror must be attached to each side of the vehicle to afford the driver a clear view to the rear of at least 60 meters.

Operational Restrictions The vehicle is not permitted to travel between sunset and sunrise as determined by the National Research Council at http://hiaiha. nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/sunrise_adv_e.htm.l The vehicle is not permitted on any two (2) lane road and on any multilane highway in HRM and CBRM between the hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The vehicle must stop before entering all underpasses; safe clearance must be confirmed before proceeding at creep speed.

The mover must contact Nova Scotia Power (NSP), Aliant and local cable companies prior to the move.

If crossing the Canso Causeway, the mover must contact the RCMP 24 hours in advance to determine the time of the move.

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

Weekend/Night Travel – Over width travel is not permitted on a Sunday unless authorized for an emergency. If a load is only overweight it can travel at all times with a permit. Limited travel is allowed after 3 pm on Friday up to noon on Saturday.

Loads over 14’1” high may travel during daylight hours only. Vehicles 14’1” – 18’ wide and/or 75’-102’ long may not travel between the hours of 7:00 – 9:00 am and from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Loads 12’ – 18’ wide and/or 82’ – 130’ long cannot travel on any highway after 3:00 pm on Fridays, on Saturday, Sunday, or on any holiday as previously noted.

NS-3 06/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Holidays – The vehicle is not permitted on any highway after 3:00 pm on any Friday, and after noon hour

on any Saturday, Sunday or public holiday. The statutory holidays in Nova Scotia are:

• New Years Day

• Good Friday

• Victoria Day

• Canada Day

• Natal Day

• Labour Day

• Thanksgiving Day

• Remembrance Day

• Christmas Day

• Boxing Day Inclement Weather – Spring Weight Restrictions are in effect from mid-March to mid-May, but can vary depending on season.

Roads are subject to Spring Weight Restrictions each year, requiring a reduction in axle weights to protect weakened pavement structure during spring thaw. Also, during Spring Weight Restrictions, the transporting

of over-weight commodities is restricted. Special move permits are available under the following limits:

1. the move can be completed on 100 Series highways (Hwy 101, TCH 104, etc.)

2. maximum GVW of 62,500 kg. includes tolerances legal axle weights apply, and shall include:

i. three axle drive group 21,000 kg.

ii. four axle trailer group 27,500 kg.

iii. single axle dolly in combination with tandem drive axle group - 21,000 kg.

iv. tandem jeep dolly in combination with tandem drive axle group:

a. Axle group spread 4.8 m to 5.4 m 26,000 kg.

b. Axle group spread 5.4 m to 6.0 m 32,000 kg.

c. Axle group spread 6.0 m or greater 36,000 kg.

3. Requests that exceed the above limits or for travel on highways other than 100

4. Series highways will be considered based on the circumstances of the situation.

Permit Information Required - When applying for this Permit, you must provide us with the following


1. Name of the company or individual and contact information (for initial setup);

2. Fax and Phone Number;

3. Master Number (Nova Scotia Carrier Number) for initial setup, National Safety Code Number for out of province registered vehicles and "DOT" number for out of country registered vehicles;

4. Plate number of the vehicle and configuration;

5. Trailer plate number;

6. Type of load: Over-dimension: Height / width / length of load.

7. Registered weight;

8. Axle spreads (in groups) and weights;

9. Start and end points of trip;

10. Commodity (what is being transported);

11. Indicate if an Annual Special Move Permit is in effect;

12. Date(s) the permit will be needed; and

13. Visa, MasterCard or American Express number, expiry date and name of cardholder, as it appears on the card.

For farming equipment, as per the Regulations Respecting the Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles, Page 9, Farm Vehicles (5) "Any implement of husbandry temporarily propelled or moved upon a highway is exempt from the dimensional limits set out in this Section." (6) "Despite subsection (5), no person shall operate or cause to be operated upon a highway a farm tractor exceeding 4m in overall width".


Single Trips - Effective maximum of 7 days. Round trips available upon request.

Annual - 25m in length, 4.30m in height and width, 3.05m front overhang, 5m rear overhang.

Annual Front Overhang - 3.05m (over 3.05m dependent on Transportation approval-considered exceptional) Annual Rear Overhang only - 5m (over 5m dependent on Transportation approval-considered exceptional) NS-4 06/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Annual Overweight Permits not available to tractor/semi trailer combinations.

Special Move Permits (Exceptional Moves) – when width exceeds 5.49m, the length exceeds 30m or the height exceeds 4.88m. Moves for widths of 7.9 metres (26 ft) or greater must be approved by the District Director for each district affected by the move. Moves wider than 9.1 metres (30 ft) are not permitted on any roads. Permits for moves greater than 40 metres in length must be approved by appropriate TIR staff. For vehicles that exceed the above limits, the mover must obtain approval from the Municipality who owns any road that the move is to take place. Written confirmation of the approval must be provided to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations before the permit will be processed.

Confirmation is not required for roads that are owned by Transportation and Infrastructure. Failure to supply written notification Renewal to Service Nova Scotia by the applicant will result in a delay of the approval of the permit. For loads with widths of 6.7 m or greater, or for lengths greater than 40 m, escorts may be required by RCMP, Municipal police, or a Registry of Motor Vehicle Inspector in a marked car.

Written confirmation from the escorting party is required before the permit will be issued. Any and all costs associated with provision of the escort are to be incurred by the movers. See condition 114 for more detail.

Moves in excess of 4.88 metres in height require the applicant to obtain written permission from NSP, Aliant and the applicable cable companies as part of the permit application prior to issuance of the permit.

Applicants are to allow ten (10) working days for exceptional move application processing.

Special move permits (over-weight) may be issued on an annual basis, but are not valid during Spring Weight Restrictions with the exception of fire trucks responding to emergency situations.

Annual permits may be issued for the Division: Highway Programs Section: Maintenance & Operations Function: Operations Admin. (HP Procedure number: PR5049


a. fire trucks b. self-contained, indivisible vehicles (well drillers, mobile cranes, etc.) which do not exceed GVW of 45,400 kg.

c. mobile cranes which travel regularly between their base and a given location, and vice versa d self-contained, indivisible units that are towed as a semi-trailer which do not exceed GVW of 59,500 kg.

(chippers, crushers, asphalt plant, etc.).

To be eligible for an annual permit for a self-contained unit, the applicant must provide accurate weights for axle groups and GVW which will be stated on the permit. Move conditions will be stated on the permit, which are to be adhered to during travel.

FEES Overdimensional (Single Trip or Annual) - The price of this permit varies, depending upon how many over-size factors are involved.

Note: A combination package which covers all factors can be purchased for $100.

Boom Extension: Annual = $15


Greater than 4.15 meters to 4.27 meters: Single-trip = $18.20 / Annual = $122.26 Greater than 4.27 meters: Single-trip = $30.41 / Annual = $122.26


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