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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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Restrictions Vehicles and/or loads in excess of the dimensions listed above are only allowed to travel between ½ hour before sunrise and noon on the preceding day of a statutory holiday.

Inclement Weather - No travel is allowed when road conditions, weather conditions, or visibility make traveling hazardous to the operator or to the driving public. Conditions shall be deemed to be hazardous upon any accumulation of ice or snow on the roadway or if the continuous use of windshield wipers is required. Vehicles that are underway when inclement weather occurs shall exit the road at the first available location and park in a safe place until the weather and road conditions clear.

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

MTO may require that a bond, or other security, sufficient to cover the cost of repairing possible damage to the highway, be posted before issuing a permit.

Any of the following circumstances may be sufficient to warrant a bond being posted:

where loading on tires must exceed 11 kg per millimetre width, where loading on axle must exceed 10,000 kg during reduced load period, where total gross vehicle weight exceeds 120,000 kg subject to engineering analysis of bridge structures and geotechnical assessment of roadway structure, where overweight vehicles must be routed over substandard bridge structures subject to engineering analysis of bridge structures, or deemed to be warranted by the Director of the Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch.

The value of the bond will be determined by the ministry and is not subject to negotiation. The carrier may be required to pay for the services of ministry approved geotechnical and/or structural consultants to assess conditions and evaluate any damages caused by the move.

Other Requirements — Fuel Tax Permit for diesel powered units for inter-jurisdictional movements; valid registration; proof of insurance; driver’s daily log; Trip Inspection Report; Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration Certificate, if applicable; Bill of Lading. Note: There may be other requirements.


Single Trips — single trip permit is issued to facilitate an oversize/overweight move for a one way trip along a specified route for a limited time period. Some applications are required to be reviewed and have the permits issued by Head Office in St. Catharines.

ON-6 07/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual The following dimensions are permitted on single trip permits, however the dimensions with Head Office in brackets must be submitted to the St. Catharines Permit Section.

Length: combination vehicles from 23 m to 45.75 m (any permit office) over 45.75 m (must be submitted to the St Catharines Permit Issuing Office) single vehicle 12.50 m (any permit office) Width: from 2.61 m to 5 m (any permit office) over 5.00 m (head office) Height: 4.16 m or greater (any permit office) Maximum height permitted on a flatbed trailer is 4.26 m Weight: up to 120,000 kg subject to Weight & Load Engineer’s approval approval (Head Office) Single vehicle: maximum length is 12.50 m, including an overhang up to 4.65 m, and the maximum height is 4.26 m.

When applying for a single trip permit, a carrier should apply minimum 24 hours prior to the proposed move date but is suggested to apply 2 to 3 days prior to the move to allow the permitting office sufficient time to process the permit request. When applying for a permit with exceptional dimensions over 5 m in width, and/or 45.75 m or greater in length, and/or over 120,000 kg, a carrier should submit their application to St Catharines Permit Issuing Office at least 5 days prior to the proposed move date due to the longer approval process. The approval process requires a minimum of 72 hours and may take up to 14 days prior to processing.

Annual Permit — An annual permit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue on all King's highways.

The annual permit also allows travel on Highway 407 ETR provided that the commercial vehicle has a valid

transponder. The maximum dimensions permitted on an annual permit are as follows:

Single vehicle: length 12.50 m, including a maximum rear overhang of 4.65 m, weight as per the Highway Traffic Act.

Combination vehicles: length 25 m, including a maximum rear overhang of 4.65 m. To obtain overweight privileges up to 63,500 kg, contact an MTO office.

Note: rear overhang may be greater than 4.65 m with the Weight & Load Engineer's approval.

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Height: 4.26 m (standard for both single and combination vehicles).

Project Permit— A project permit is issued to allow contractors to move similar loads, objects and structures over the same specified route for a period of up to, and including 6 months, depending on the duration of the contract.

Supporting documents describing the transportation requirements for the contract and any other documents that are relevant must be provided with the application.

The maximum dimensions permitted on a project permit are as follows:

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Single vehicle: length 12.50 m, including a 4.65 m rear overhang, height up to 4.26 m, and weight as per the Highway Traffic Act.

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Annual Car Carrier — Contact Head Office FEES Annual — $400.00 Project — $260.00 Single Trip–Overdimensional — $65.00 Single Trip–Overweight Up to 120,000 kg (264,554 lbs) and less than or equal to 100 km (62 miles) $125.00 Up to 120,000 kg and from 100 km (62 miles) to 500 km (310 miles) $200.00 Up to 120,000 kg and over 500 km (310 miles) $260.00 Over 120,000 kg regardless of distance traveled $700.00 Oversize and overweight: the same prices as for the overweight permits listed above.

Replacement - $10.00 Amendment - $15.00 SVC - $400.00 PHM permits for TPCS Testing - $100.00 Fleet Permits – Green Energy - $1,000.00 Fleet Permits – on Municipal Highways - $1,000.00 SVC Replacement Permit - $10.00 SVC Amendment -$15.00


Vehicles and/or loads in excess of legal dimensions require special flags and signs. When travelling at night, conspicuity markings must also be met.


Vehicles and/or loads in excess of length or width prescribed under Section 109 of the Highway Traffic Act shall be marked with four or more bright red or orange warning flags of not less than 40 cm square and shall be mounted to the extremities of the vehicle or load. The flag(s) must be kept in good and clean condition so as to not diminish their effectiveness.

"D" Sign or "Oversize Load":

In addition to flags described above, vehicles and/or loads must display on the front of the vehicle and the rear of the vehicle or load, in a clearly visible position, a sign visible for a distance of at least 150 m bearing the words "OVERSIZE LOAD" in black letters at least 200 mm high with lines forming the letters at least 30 mm wide on a yellow background, or a "D" sign as illustrated. When travelling under night moves, the sign shall be made of Level 1, high intensity retro-reflective material (CGSB 62-GP-11M). The sign shall be positioned as to not obstruct lights and other safety devices and removed or covered when not in use.

The sign shall be positioned as to not obstruct lights and other safety devices.

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Conspicuity requirements must be met during a night move. These requirements are over and above the lighting requirements set out in the HTA and consist of the extremities being marked with a solid amber lamp(s) visible in the front and rear conforming to SAE Code P2 or P3 with markings to appear on lamp(s).

When travelling under a night move, a retro-reflective "D" sign described above must be present.

Escort Requirements A permit may be issued on the condition that the permit holder provides an escort vehicle(s) either preceding or following the oversize/overweight vehicle or load. A description of when an escort vehicle is

required is as follows:

No Escort Required:

for widths from 2.61 m to 3.99 m for lengths from 23.01 m to 36.75 m for heights from 4.16 m to 4.86 m

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Exceptions for mobile/modular homes—see below.

When A Minimum of Two Police Escort Vehicles are Required:

Width: 5 m and greater Length: 45.75 m and greater Weight: upon Weight and Load Engineer's request There may be instances where, due to the parameters of the highway, escort requirements may change. If necessary, the region(s) may require escorts when normally none are required or additional escorts to those already requiring escorts. If a police escort is required, it is the carrier's responsibility to make all arrangements for the escort through the Traffic Supervisor at the originating OPP District Headquarters.

The OPP normally requires 14 working days to process an application, but there may be exceptions depending on the circumstances. The carrier must provide the date(s) of the move, the proposed route and particulars of the load. The OPP Traffic Supervisor is responsible for co-ordinating the escort for the entire move and will provide the carrier with written approval for the escort. This approval must be provided to the MTO permit issuer prior to a permit being issued.

Mobile/Modular Homes:

(This includes office and construction trailers and portable schoolhouse) Mobile/modular homes greater than 29.25 m in length are not permitted to travel in convoy and require TWO private escort warning vehicles to accompany each load.


Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required. Escort vehicles do not have traffic control authority.

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Reduced Load Period Annual and project permits for moving heavy vehicles, loads, objects or structures in excess of legal weight limits are not valid on any King's highway during the months of March and April (Southern Ontario) and March, April and May (Northern Ontario). Weights in excess of legal limits are only allowed when specifically authorized to do so under permit conditions.

Permits are not valid on designated reduced load highways, which are posted according to Section 122(5) of the HTA, under any circumstances. There are very few reduced load highways under provincial jurisdiction.

Schedules detailing highways subject to reduced loads are authorized and issued by the Highway Operations and Maintenance Division.

Single trip permits may be issued for movements on highways subject to reduced loading restrictions.

However, these moves must be approved by the Weight and Load Engineer. Annual permits with special weight condition for specific axle weight configurations have an additional condition for reduced load periods.

Corridor Moves O/O permits may be issued to Canadian or US carriers for movements within or through the province of

Ontario under the following conditions:

if the move originates and terminates in Ontario;

if the move originates in Ontario and terminates in another province or territory;

if the move originates in another Canadian province or territory, or one of the states of the United States of America, and terminates in Ontario;

if the move originates in another Canadian province or territory and terminates in another/same Canadian province and/or territory, or one of the states of the United States of America, where Ontario is to be used as a corridor.

if the move originates in one of the states of the United States of America and terminates in another Canadian province or territory, where Ontario is to be used as a corridor.

if the move is a mobile home that originates and terminates in the United States of America, Ontario may be used as a corridor.

Note: Canadian or US operators, including Ontario operators, are not permitted to use Ontario as a corridor for state-to-state moves, except for MOBILE HOMES.

Ontario registration requirements must be met and the operator must be in possession of a valid operating authority.


Five of the top seven border crossings between Canada and the U.S. are in Ontario - Windsor-Detroit, Sarnia-Point Edward, Fort Erie, Queenston-Lewiston, and Thousand Islands.

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Application forms must be completed in full and may be submitted by fax, e-mail, mail or in person at an Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Permit Issuing Office. Permit application forms and guidelines for completing the application are available on the ministry website http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/. You can also visit an Ontario Ministry of Transportation Permit Issuing Office. Prior to obtaining an overdimensional permit, there may be other requirements that must be met in order to travel in Ontario, e.g. CVOR, National Safety Code (NSC), etc. Contact MTO t 414-246-7166 ext 6302 or 1-800-387-7736 ext 6302 (Ontario only) to find out about the requirements for operating in Ontario.

SPECIAL NOTESRecent Changes –

Metal coils (Section 50), and Intermodal containers (Section 84).

Although the updated standard is now in effect, the ministry will allow sufficient time for industry to communicate the changes to its members. Full enforcement of the updated standard will commence on January 1, 2014.

Implementation of the new standard may vary across Canada. Please be aware that operators must comply with the legal requirements of each individual jurisdiction.

These changes took effect on June 1, 2013. CVOR Written Test The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is seeking to reduce the incidents of collisions and high risk safety violations by new operators of trucks and buses on Ontario highways. To achieve this goal MTO is introducing a CVOR written test for new operators in the Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Registration (CVOR) program.

MTO’s goal is to improve a new entrant’s knowledge of their requirements allowing enforcement to focus on non-compliant operators instead of operators who do not understand their obligations.

The CVOR test will be a one time requirement. Operators will be required to demonstrate knowledge of Ontario’s safety laws by completing a test in person at a DriveTest Centre as a prerequisite to obtaining a CVOR certificate.

The ministry has amended the Highway Traffic Act Regulation 424/97 “Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators’ information” to require Ontario-based CVOR applicants, who apply after September 30, 2013, to complete this test prior to being issued a CVOR certificate and operating on Ontario roadways.

For more information see the Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Safety manual, Module 4 “Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Registration”, specifically the CVOR Test.

Security of Loads - Regulation 363/04 National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 10 (Cargo Securement), was recently updated by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), following consultations with all provinces, territories and Transport Canada.

Regulation 363/04 under the Highway Traffic Act automatically adopts NSC Standard 10. The amended standard (dated June 2013) took effect on June 10, 2013, when it was published on CCMTA’s website.

The updated standard includes four changes related to:

Definition of a light vehicle;

Friction mats (Section 12);

Ontario Long Combination Vehicle (LCV) Program:

The Ministry of Transportation is expanding the LCV program with a controlled increase in the number of permits for a limited number of commercial operators to pull two full-sized trailers - referred to as long combination vehicles (LCVs) - on designated Ontario highways.

Ontario is carefully controlling LCV operations. The Ministry of Transportation will gradually issue permits for up to 160 LCVs.

National Inspection Standard:

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