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Pilot cars need to relax

Pilot cars need to relax!

There’s no doubt about it that the winter time is hard on a pilot car company. This is one reason why pilot car companies need to be wiser with there money when they do have it. Put that money away for the lean season. When winter time and the early spring months come, you’re going to need it!

the slow time of the year

Right now is a very busy time for us. From ad campaigns to developing software and making sure all of our carriers are happy we’re just flat out busy right now. In the midst of this one can’t help but to notice a few things.
As every year the pilot cars have it real tough at this time of the year. It appears that everyone is running (in every direction they can run) and most are unsatisfied with their results with the exception of the true veterans of the industry. We’ve had pilot car companies sign up in the dead of winter this year only to demand a refund within 30 days or so. Our basic service is $4.16 a month! When there’s no freight running there simply isn’t any. This is the equivalency to shooting your company in both feet (at the same time). One thing to consider is we’re not a brokerage supported website nor do we wish to perpetuate the industry in this direction. Our objective is to connect pilot car companies direct with carriers – not people skimming nickels and dimes (per mile) in a unregulated industry. While we don’t support freight brokerage either at least they are required to have a bond and a Federal MC#. Frost laws, the economy and what we refer to as “chaotic theory” all play a factor in determining freight volumes. This year is no different than any other and the official “boom” will happen sometime between the first of May and as late as the end of June just as it does every year.
Prepare for the slow times of the year.
When a pilot car company (or any company for that matter) is stressed out and having a hard time and decides to leave a company as heavily armed as WideloadShipping (online for almost 15 years, top of the search engines, has the trucks doing business on site and takes almost 2 million hits a month during peak months) because they are frustrated during the slowest months of the year they are like any other human being. They are going to think thoughts like “oh, they don’t like me as I quit using them” or “i’m embarrassed because I acted poorly in an email I sent to them” or even worse think they actually got ripped off. Whatever the scenario for $4.16 a month there is no way under the moon and the stars a company can go wrong on a deal like that for more than 20 reasons but here’s a quick 10:
  • You’re getting your name in the marketplace cheaply.
  • Not only that but ask yourself why are the trucking companies here?
  • Our site has so much history it is a trusted site.
  • We place exceptionally well in all related terms so customers can find you.
  • If you have your own website just the link from ours to yours is worth over $300 a yr.
  • Again, as far as popularity you are also connected to your Facebook account.
  • You are linked to your Twitter account.
  • You are linked to your Google account.
  • You are linked to your Google+ account.
  • You are linked to your YouTube account and can show your videos.

This is just a few of the more positive items rambled off real quickly. If we wanted to brag it wouldn’t be very hard. The point is, we offer a very affordable value oriented service and if just one company get’s left behind in all of the years of effort we have put into the heavy haul and oversize trucking industry we are not doing our jobs properly.

As far as pilot car companies are concerned it certainly isn’t where our company get’s it’s bread and butter for sure. Count the pins in the map then just assume each customer has a premium account (which they do not). You will quickly see this is a labor of love and we do it for our carriers, not financial gains as the money just simply isn’t there folks.
If you are one of the companies that has had a hard time with the new pilot car system you can rest assure we are not harboring any feelings towards you and if anything are looking for your presence so we can service our carriers. Send us an email so you can get your account back on track and learn how the system can work for you. Even if you don’t prefer to live post at least get your permanent home base pin is in its proper location and your listing not only looking good but reading well also. Save your money, be smart with your spending and add a few years to your life by relaxing. This slow time too shall end.

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British Columbia shipping regulations

British Columbia shipping regulations

British Columbia DOT shipping regulations. Limitations, rules and laws for trucking oversize and over weight loads on the roads and highways in the Province of British Columbia.

British Columbia DOT regulations for oversize shipping.

British Columbia. The official Coat of Arms.

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Trucking & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot cars in British Columbia:

British Columbia trucking company directory.
British Columbia pilot car/truck escort company directory.

Legal load limits.
British Columbia legal load limits:

Length:  14.65 meters (48.06′) from the kingpin to the rear most portion of the trailer. No combinations in length over 23 meters (75.45′) overall without a permit.
Width: No shipment may travel if in excess of 2.6 meters in width (without a permit) unless it is a shipment of hay which is limited to 3.1 meters (122″) or rear view mirrors which are limited to 30 cm (11.8″)on each side additional, auxiliary devices are allowed 30 cm (11.81″) and tires are allowed an additional 10 cm.
Height: No shipment may travel if larger than 4.15 meters (163″) in height without a permit.
Weight: Single axle: 9,100 kg (20,062 lbs) and the same for tandem and tridum axles. A tridem pole trailer: gross weight on any two adjacent axles in a tridum axle group must not exceed 17,000 kg (37,478 lbs). The maximum licensed gross vehicle weight of a vehicle or combination of vehicles must not exceed 63,500 kg* (139,994 lbs) without a permit (see; en B.C Regulation 95/2006, s. 3.)* THIS AMOUNT SEEMS EXCESSIVE. THIS IS THE NUMBER OUR RESEARCH PRODUCED. See; reference link below in “notes” under “maximum gross weight”.
Notes: Not matter what a permit states if there is a sign posted on a highway or road that contradicts your permit the sign will take precedence over the permit so you must immediately stop traveling and get clarification. Section reference: Copyright Queens Printer Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Overhang: 1m in front and .061 – which seems a little odd to us as the rear maximum seems short. Please contact the BC DOT to verify.

Routine trucking permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the British Columbia DOT routinely:

Length: 27.5 meters (90 feet, 2 and 43/64 fourths on an inch) in the maximum length for a routine permit in B. C.
Width: 4.4 meters (14 feet, 5 and 15/64 fourths of an inch) is the maximum with you will get from BC DOT on a routine permit.
Height: There is no number provided. The British Columbia DOT permit office wants to assess every load that is over height based on intended routing.
Weight: This is the same as height. They will not give you a solid number for routine. We are going to suggest 63,500 kg (134,994 lbs) since we had trouble locating what we feel was a reasonable maximum limit above for “legal loads limits”. we sure welcome your comments below.
Overhang: 6.5 meters (21 feet, 3 and 29/32 seconds of an inch) for routine permits for overhang.

NOTES: If your shipment is oversize AND overweight you will be required to have two separate permits.

Superload information- extraordinary loads.
British Columbia superload information:

Superloads in British Columbia or “extraordinary loads” are defined by the DOT any shipment that is in excess of 85,000 kilograms GVW in weight, 4.4 meters (14 feet, 5 and 15/64ths of an inch) in width, 4.88 meters (16 feet and 1/8th inches) in overall height. Depending on your route you may not be classified as a “Superload” as the British Columbia DOT has  pre-approved designated routes. You can find more (limited) information on super or extraordinary loads here.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
British Columbia DOT travel times and restrictions for oversize and overweight trucking:

The rule of daylight is defined as 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset in B. C. No travel is allowed after 2 PM on Friday until 12:01 AM on Monday for any load in excess of 3.8 meters (12′ 6″) in width. If your shipment is over 3.5 meters (11′ 6″) in width you are only allowed to travel during daylight hours only with the exception of the Peace River region. For holiday travel restrictions you may not travel after 2 PM on the day before the holiday and after 12:01 on the day after the holiday. Holidays are New Years day, Provincial day, Good Friday, Victoria day, Canada day, Family day, Labour day, Thanksgiving day, Remembrance day, Christmas day and Boxing day.

When pilot cars are required.
British Columbia DOT requires a pilot car (escort vehicle) to accompany your shipment if you are in excess of any of the following dimensions or weights:

Length: For shipments in excess of 27.5 meters (90′) in length you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) on all roads. For shipments over 27.5 meters (90′) in length 1 front pilot car/escort and 1 rear pilot car/escort is required.
Width: Shipments in excess of 3.5 meters (11′ 6″) wide you will be required to have 1 front pilot car on two lane roads or 1 rear pilot car/escort on multiple lane roads. In some cases a beacon light may be substituted. In many cases night travel is granted at 304.8 cm (10′ wide). If granted night travel you may be required to have 1 pilot car/escort in the front if your shipment is over 3.2 meters (10′ 5 and 63/64 fourths of an inch”) in width. Shipments that are over 3.5 meters (11′ 5 and 51/64 fourths of an inch”) wide up to 4.4 meters (14′ 5 and 15/64 fourths of an inch) require 1 front pilot car/escort vehicle. Shipments that are over 3.5 meters (11′ 5 and 51/64 fourths of an inch”) wide are permitted to travel at night only.
Height: Depending on your route the BC DOT permit office will determine if you are required to have a pilot car/escort vehicle.
Weight: Weight is on a case by case basis. As long as your shipment can maintain the minimum required speed limit you will probably not be required to have a pilot car/escort by the British Columbia DOT permits office.
Overhang: If you are have more than 6.5 meters (21′ 3 and 29/32 seconds of an inch) of overhang you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car/escort.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating in British Columbia:

Pilot car/escort vehicle operators at this time are only required to: 1.) have a valid drivers license and 2.) be over 18 years of age.  We are getting reports that a certification program is in the works but at the time of this update (March 2, 2014) these above 3 requirements are all that is needed to operate a “pilot car” or “escort vehicle” within the Province of British Columbia (see comments below for more information). Your vehicle is required to have a lighted sign box that is a minimum of 180 cm x 35 cm x 10 cm (72″ x 14″ x 4″),  have 2 – flashing lights mounted on the top of the sign box on each side with 2 amber strobe or rotating lights a minimum of 203 mm (8″) mounted between the flashing lights on top of the box as well.

The minimum acceptable size for a rotating amber light is 15 cm in diameter and for strobe lights 11 cm in diameter. Either type of lamp must emit light flashes in 360 degrees.

The sign box must light up and be visible from a minimum distance of 200 meters. The sign box must have either a red and white D sign or a yellow with black lettering stating “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD”,  OR “LONG LOAD”. If you have the “D” sign your letter must be no less than 20 cm (8″) in height with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. If you have the yellow sign your lettering must be no less than 20 cm (8″) with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. The sign box must be mounted on the top of the vehicle and covered when not in operation. You are also expected to have the following items inside of the vehicle: CB radio or high powered 2-way radio, first aid kit, fire extinguisher type A, B & C of at least a 2 liters, 3 reflective road triangles, 3 traffic cones, reflective vest (worn while working), slow/stop sign, 3 red or orange safety colored flags no less than 40 x 40 cm (16″ x 16″), nose cone flashlight and a hard hat.

Shipment, truck & trailer markings.
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags:

All trucks that are hauling oversize or overweight loads must have a strobe, flashing or rotating amber light mounted to the roof that is visible from 360 degrees at a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). All 4 outermost corners of the overall shipment and any obtrusive points must have flags mounted to them that are safety red or orange in color no less than 40 cm x 40 cm (16″ x 16″) and have the flags exchanged for lighting if moving during the night. A sign stating the nature of the load; “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD” or “LONG LOAD” must be mounted to the front and rear of the overall shipment. Signs must be a minimum of 12′ in height and 6′ in width with a yellow background and black letting with lettering thickness no less than 4 cm (1 5/8″) thick.

British Columbia DOT & other information.
British Columbia DOT contact and other useful information:

British Columbia DOT – Central Permit Office
Telephone help line: 800-559-9688 or the have districts so click on area for phone and info.
Hours: 5 AM until 10 PM including all holidays – PACIFIC TIME ZONE.

British Columbia DOT oversize and overweight permit applications online.
British Columbia DOT oversize and overweight permits manuals.
British Columbia Province road conditions and closures.
British Columbia HOS or hours of service rules and regulations
 -.pdf document.
British Columbia DOT spring thaw and frost laws.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the British Columbia Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

Preparing your equipment for shipping

Preparing your equipment for shipping.

Preparing your equipment for shipping is very important. There are many things that will need your attention. The first thing to consider it public safety since it will be shipped over public roads and highways. You will need to make sure that nothing can come off of your equipment and cause an accident. This includes personal items within the operator cockpit or even things like seat cushions or panels that might fly off when subjected to the high winds during transport. Once your sure that nothing can come off of your equipment you will want to move on to the larger tasks. At this point we’re figuring that you have already completed the following steps:

 

Preparing your equipment for shipping.

Preparing your shipment for transport is vital.

Your equipment is almost ready to ship but you’re not done yet.

Now that you’re this far it’s time to close this deal by making sure you are prepared with a few final items. Many people jump the gun on this step and go with whatever shipping company that gave them a lowest shipping quote. But there’s usually much more to the process. We’ll go over a short list of considerations for you;

  • Does your equipment need to be loaded onto the truck via crane or does it have wheels? If it has wheels don’t assume that the driver of the truck knows how to operate it. Make sure you have a equipment operator on site.
  • Does your equipment have fuel in the tanks or other flammables that are required by law to be removed? Many states require that you completely empty to fuel tanks on tractors, dozers, etc.
  • Some states require dozers exclusively be shipped with the blade detached. What’s your case?
  • Can the height of your equipment be reduced to save you on shipping and transport costs?

You will also want to make sure that you have created a lading bill for the driver of the equipment shipping company. You can ship anything over the road without a bill of lading. You will at some point be required by the equipment transport company to sign a transportation agreement. Make sure you read this document in its entirety and have them initial and re-send or fax you can copy of the revisions. They absolutely revise it as it’s their contract so don’t take “no” for an answer if you think you may be affected by it. Your having those thoughts for a reason.

Make sure you are prepared to load your equipment that needs to be shipped.

Remember if you delay a equipment shipping company beyond the amount of time specified on the transportation agreement you will be liable for truck detention time fees that are billed additionally. Being prepared means that you have done everything possible to prevent this. So, at the loading site make sure you have extra stuff. Make sure that if you are loading a dozer or loader or equipment with tires or tracks that you have discussed the issue of ramps with your shipper. Does the trailer have ramps? If not do you have ramps or a pile of dirt they can back up to that will serve as ramps? Do you have extra lumber to block with? A saw to cut lumber with? Duct tape, baling wire and anything else you can think of to account for the unaccountable? Odds are you’re going to need it. There’s nothing like being truly prepared, especially with equipment shipping.

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Growing Global Marketplace Creates Increased Opportunities for Shippers and Third Party Logistics Providers to Collaborate Across Borders, Global Study Reveals

Growing Global Marketplace Creates Increased Opportunities for Shippers and Third Party Logistics Providers to Collaborate Across Borders, Global Study Reveals
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Best Local Movers

Best Local Movers
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Download image Local movers nyc. (PRNewsFoto/City Express Moving Inc) NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — It’s happening again, and by “it,” I mean “moving,” and by “again,” I mean “an inexplicable number of times for someone not in the military…

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Hawaii oversize load permits


Hawaii oversize trucking permits for oversize and over-weight shipping help – DIY.

Save money DIY trucking permits. Oversize and over-weight.

Save money DIY trucking permits. Oversize and over-weight.

 

Do it yourself oversize and over-weight trucking permits for Hawaii.

With the economy being as tight as it is every company, not just oversize and over-weight trucking companies have to look for areas that they can cut spending in. We’ve found and identified such an area and it’s with oversize and over-weight trucking permits. With technology rapidly advancing state offices are too. Many DOT offices have learned that automation saves money as with the permit business now as well. While not all of them are up to speed many are and most all have streamlined their trucking permit processes. What this means is that it isn’t real hard to obtain the proper permits for shipping oversize and over-weight freight so why not deal directly with the state yourself and save money? While Hawaii oversize trucking outfits don’t have to worry about crossing multiple states they can still benefit from the technology that has advanced in these modern times by do it yourself trucking permits.

We can show you how to start obtaining your own oversize and over-weight trucking permits in just a few clicks.

With the Hawaii DOT office of transportation processing a low volume of trucking permits for oversize and over-weight shipping the need for a online permitting system is not as crucial in saving man hours but that still doesn’t mean it a hard this to do. In fact, you can start ordering your own permits today in as little as two steps but let’s call if 3 just for the fun of it. It goes like this:

  1. Print up the application and fill it out. You can do that here.
  2. Fax it in to the number on the application as soon as you have filled it out.
  3. Relax and do something else as your permit is on it’s way to being approved by a state team of professional.

So, there’s really no reason at all to worry about paying someone else to so something for you that you do most of the work anyway. Don’t you have to provide all of this information to the company you currently use for trucking permits anyway? Please share your comments below with our other viewers and help pass it on.

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  • If authority is active, pending or suspended for any reasons.
  • Insurance requirements: BIPD, cargo, BOC-3, bond and blanket company on file.
  • Comments placed in their file by the FMCSA.
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Saskatchewan shipping regulations

Saskatchewan shipping regulations

These are the Province of Saskatchewan DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the Province of Saskatchewan.

 

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Saskatchewan Province official flag.

 Saskatchewan trucking regulations for oversize & overweight shipping.

Saskatchewan Province Regulations – Oversize Shipping, Trucking and Transport permits.
Saskatchewan Province DOT Trucking Information.

Physical address:
SGI
Over-dimensional Trucking Permits
2260 – 11th Avenue
Regina, SK  S4P 0J9

EmailCarrierSafetyPrograms@sgi.sk.ca
Help telephone line: 306-775-6969 or 800-665-7575
Fax: 306-775-6909
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Central Time Zone.

Click here for the Saskatchewan DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.
The Saskatchewan Truckers’ Guide is for all types of trucking but also includes over-dimensional information issued by the Saskatchewan Ministry of transportation.  Very useful and thorough.
Canada Ministry of Highway and Infrastructure Weights and Dimensions Administration Manual.

Legal Loads
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Length: 75′ overall long. Trailer length maximum is 53’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 12,100 lbs on steer axle, 20,200 pounds on single axle, 37,400 lbs on tridem axle.
Overhang: Kingpin settings and trailer wheelbase positions are important.  Call to clarify.

Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:
Length: Since Saskatchewan Province has no said length restrictions your overall length approval will depend on your proposed route.
Width: No set maximums, depends on routing.
Height: No set maximums, depends on routing.
Weight: Saskatchewan is tough.  No single numbers, 48,000 lbs on tandem, 72,000 lbs on tridem, if you are over 60,000 lbs on tridem prepare for a bridge survey.
Overhang: No set limits, depends on routing.

Lights, flags and markers:
If over 102″ wide you will need amber lights for night running and flags for daytime travel.  A WIDELOAD or “D” sign is required for all wideloads over 10′ wide and “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner is NOT allowed.  If you are moving at night your banner must be illuminated with additional amber light in the center of the rear.  If over 10′ 9″ wide the cab of tractor must be mounted with an amber light.  If over 82′ long you MUST have a “D” sign or LONG LOAD banner mounted on the rear.  If not transporting a load you must cover ANY signs.

NOTES:  Lift axles are not permitted.  Flip axles can be used if trailer king pin to center distance is is less than 45′ 5″, the trailer is no longer than 53′ and the load is classified as NON DIVISIBLE.  A tractor wheelbase from the center of the steer axle to the center of the drive axle can not measure over 244″ unless you permit the load with a longer wheelbase AND IF they approve it.  This only applies to oversize permits and overweight will not be eligible.  A tridem drive tractor is NOT recognized by the Province of Saskatchewan except for moves that are large and NON DIVISIBLE, IF a tridem drive tractor IS allowed it MUST have a wheel base of no less than 260″ and no greater than 268″.  A spread axles trailer that has axles spacings of greater than 6′ is considered a single axle for weight calculations and is not allowed to carry more than a combined total weight of 20,000 pounds or 10,000 pounds per axle.  EXCEPT when in the case of when the object being shipped is NOT over 37,500 pounds loaded on the spread.  Please leave Saskatchewan experiences below.  This is a tough Province to get solid numbers out of and our viewers can use your experience to help them.

FROST & THAW LAW RESTRICTIONS: Saskatchewan Province does have spring weight restrictions and the roads and highways are dependent on conditions.  These restrictions usually apply to all secondary roads and not main highways.  Overall weight reductions may be imposed in some areas.  Check with Saskatchewan Province permit office for clarification.

Travel times and restrictions:
Holiday restrictions vary, contact SGI permit office to see if you can travel or not.  Daytime travel only for loads over 82′ in length, 12′ 2″ in width and 16′ in height.  No movement is allowed on Friday after 3:00 pm from July 1 until Labor day.  Night time travel is permitted if under the above maximums but must have amber lights on all 4 outer most corners and reflective sign on rear indicating OVERSIZE or LONG LOAD.

Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:
Length: If load is over 98′ on 2 lanes 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required.  If over 118′ in length 1 front and 2 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) is required.
Width: If a load goes beyond the center line of the road then 1 front escort is required.  If over 16′ 4″ wide you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear escort.
Height: Up to the permit office depending on route.  If over 17′ 2″ in height you will be required to have a bucket truck travel with you.
Weight: For over weight shipments it looks like an escort vehicle will not be required.
Overhang: Case by case basis.  Contact permit office for clarification.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:
All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle. Sign must be at least 5′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 10″ tall and 1 1/2″ in width. Vehicle must have 2 safety flags red or orange in color and be a minimum of 18″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle. Company identification signs must be placed on both sides of the pilot car (escort vehicle) displaying the name of the company, phone number and be placed on both the left and right hand sides of the vehicle. These signs must be no less that 8″ tall x 12″ wide and identity writing must be plainly legible. Vehicle must be equipped with a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, 2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Saskatchewan Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

Saskatchewan Province road & highway conditions.
Saskatchewan Province permit offices.
Saskatchewan pilot car companies.
Saskatchewan trucking companies.
Federal bridge formula.
Frost thaw laws.

 

Ontario shipping regulations

Ontario shipping regulations

These are the Province of Ontario DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the Province of Ontario.

The oversize rules, laws and regulations for Canada consist of a lot of pages and a lot of information on all of these pages. We’ve been working on consolidating all os this information in order to supply the best of it to our web viewers but as you can see it still needs work. Hopefully you can find what you need by right clicking on the page then click “find” or “locate in page” depending on which browser you are using. Credit is due here to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation as most of this material has been extracted from their shipping guide.

 

Maximum width:

Vehicle including load – 2.6 m

Exceptions:
Raw forest products (en route) – 2.8 m
Road service vehicles as defined in Part X of the HTA and such vehicles while they are travelling to and from a maintenance site or repair centre – no specified limit
Loose fodder (including rectangular and round bales of hay – no specified limit

Maximum Length:

Single vehicle including load – 12.5 m

Exceptions:
A fire apparatus
A semi-trailer
An articulated bus

Maximum Length:

Semi-trailer including load – 14.65 m

Definition of semi-trailer: A vehicle that is towed by another vehicle and is so designed and used that a substantial part of its weight and load rests on, or is carried by, the other vehicle or a trailer converter dolly through a fifth wheel assembly.
Note: Does not include any extension in length caused by auxiliary equipment or machinery not designed for carrying a load.
Maximum Length (Combination):

Combination vehicles and loads – 23 m

Maximum Height:

Vehicle and load – 4.15 m

Maximum Weight:

Maximum shipping weight allowances are determined using axle configurations and spacings. A permit is required if the axle and/or gross vehicle weight exceeds the limits set out in the HTA.  See e-Laws: Highway Traffic Act Regulation 413/05 – Vehicle Weights and Dimensions — for safe, productive and infrastructure-friendly vehicles.

Farm equipment shipping rules and regulations in Ontario Canada:

Over dimensional farming tractors, harvesters, planters, machinery  machinery, farm tractors, self-propelled implements of husbandry (SPIH) carried on a plated motor vehicle or plated trailer drawn by a motor vehicle are subject to the need for an over dimensional permit.
When an Overweight Permit is Required
The province of Ontario issues permits for overweight vehicles and/or loads when the dimensions and/or weight exceed the limits set out in the Highway Traffic Act.
Permits are issued for indivisible vehicles and/or loads when, if separated into smaller loads or vehicles, would:
Compromise the intended use of the vehicle or load, i.e. make it unable to perform the function for which it was intended,
Destroy the value of the load or vehicle, i.e. make it unusable for its intended purposes or,
Require more than 8 (eight) work hours to dismantle using appropriate resources and equipment.
Permit is issued for the movement of overheight however:

The load must not be made up of articles loaded or mounted one on top of the other in a manner that will create additional height.
Permit is issued for the movement of overwidth however:

The load must not be made up of articles loaded or mounted side by side or crosswise in a manner that will create additional width.
Permit is issued for the movement of overlength however:

The load must not be made up of articles loaded or mounted one behind the other that will create additional length, and any overhang to the rear must not exceed 4.65 m from the center of the rearmost axle.
Permit is issued for the movement of overweight however:

The load must not be made up of more than one article. When crossing bridges, vehicles over 45,000 kg gross weight must be operated at the lowest practicable speed. Bridge postings and load restrictions pursuant to Part VII of the HTA apply.

Bulldozers: An exception may be made in the case of bulldozer blades. Permits are issued for the movement of bulldozers with blades attached up to, and including, 4.27 m in width. The blade must be angled to reduce the overall width of the load when attached to the bulldozer. The blade must be removed when the blade is greater than 4.27 m in width. Bulldozers with blades attached that are 4 m to 4.27 m in width require a private escort warning vehicle.

Permit Application Process
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. You can also visit an Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Permit Issuing Office.
Incomplete applications will be returned.
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 at 416-246-7166 ext 6302 or 1-800-387-7736 ext 6302 (Ontario only) to find out about the requirements for operating in Ontario.
It is the operator’s responsibility to comply with registration, fuel tax, and other federal and provincial/state regulations and procedures.
For registration in the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), contact the Ministry of Finance, Motor Fuels and Tobacco Tax Branch at 1-800-263-7775 for service in English or 1-800-668-5821 for service in French.
To obtain a US DOT (Department of Transportation) operating number, or an operating authority in the USA, call 1-800-832-5660.
To contact municipalities in order to obtain municipal overweight permits, visit the Association of Municipalities of Ontario website: Your Local Government.
To register in the International Registration Plan (IRP), contact MTO at one of the following offices:
Barrie (978) 92 Commerce Park Drive, Unit 4, Barrie ON L4N 8W8
Tel: (705) 739-6368 Fax: (705) 739-6300
Port Hope (959) 138 Hope Street Norht, Port Hope, ON L1A 2P1
Tel: (905) 885-8318 Fax: (905) 885-4268
TorontoToronto (991) (Downsview) 2680 Keele Street, Building E, Room 159, Downsview, ON M3M 1G7
Tel: 416-235-4774 Fax: 416-235-5299
Windsor (932) 150 Ouellette Place, Suite 210, Windsor ON N8X 1L9
Tel: (519) 972-0237 or (519) 972-8866 Fax: (519) 972-8341

Superloads or extreme moves: It is possible that Ontario may require that a bond, or other security, sufficient to cover the cost of repairing possible damage to the highway be posted before issuing the permit.
A permit grants the movement of overweight loads on highways under provincial jurisdiction. Municipalities may accept ministry permits or issue their own for highways under their jurisdiction. The carrier must contact the appropriate municipalities to ensure compliance with local laws.

Types of Permits:
The ministry issues four types of permits; Annual, Project, Single Trip and Special Vehicle Configuration. Each overweight permit will have specific conditions attached and these must be strictly adhered to. The permit may be terminated for breach of any condition and the permit holder may be subject to prosecution.

Permits must be carried and produced on demand by a police officer or an officer appointed for carrying out the provisions of the Highway Traffic Act. Permit holders accept responsibility for any and all damage that may be caused to overhead wires, structures, highways, encroachments or railway right of ways. Permits may be terminated at the discretion of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles for the breach of permit conditions.
If travel on Highway 407/ETR is planned, you must supply the transponder serial number and plate number(s) of the vehicle(s) planning to travel on Highway 407/ETR. When applying for a single trip or project permit, you must indicate the specific entry and exit points from Hwy 407/ETR when specifying your route. Annual permit holders are permitted to travel on Hwy 407/ETR provided that the carrier complies with the requirement for a transponder. For more information on Highway 407/ETR visit their website.

Annual Permits

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.
Width: 3.70 m on two lane highways and 3.85 m on multi-lane highways (standard for both single and combination vehicles)
Height: 4.26 m (standard for both single and combination vehicles)

Annual permit applications are normally processed within 10 to 15 business days of receipt. In order to avoid delays in obtaining an annual permit, please ensure the permit request is submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the requested start date of the permit.

Project Permits

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.
Applicants for project permits must attach a copy of the contract to the application. The letter of contract must be written on company letterhead and include the following information:

  • Name and address of the carrier
  • Contract number (if available)
  • Duration of the contract
  • Description of the product being transported
  • Origin of load and destination with complete route specified including municipal roads

Once all required documentation has been received, traffic and construction concerns will be assessed prior to the approval and issuance of a permit.
The weights and dimensions provided must be load specific. Therefore, the weights and dimensions specified on the actual permit are those of the load and not the maximum allowable limit. The maximum dimensions permitted on a project permit are as follows:
Combination vehicles:
length up to 36.75 m including a 4.65 m rear overhang, no height limit provided that the load is on a float type trailer (heights of 4.30 m or greater require a route clearance), and height up to 70,000 kg

Single vehicle:
Length: 12.50 m, including a 4.65 m rear overhang
Height: up to 4.26 m
Weight: as per the Highway Traffic Act
Width: up to 4.30 m (standard for both single and combination vehicles).
Note: escort vehicles may be required
Single Trip Permits

A single trip permit is issued to facilitate an overweight move for a one way trip along a specified route for a limited time period. Some applications may require review by the Permit Issuing Office (Head Office) in St. Catharines.
The following dimensions are permitted on single trip permits:
Length: combination vehicles from 23 m to 45.75 m
over 45.75 m (must be submitted to the St Catharines Permit Issuing Office)
single vehicle 12.50 m
Width: from 2.61 m to 5 m (any permit office)
over 5.00 m (must be submitted to the St Catharines Permit Issuing Office)
Height: 4.16 m or greater
maximum height permitted on a flatbed trailer is 4.26 m
Weight: up to 120,000 kg subject to Weight & Load Engineer’s approval
Single vehicle: maximum length is 12.50 m, including an overhang up to 4.65 m
maximum height is 4.26 m
Metric Conversion: Ontario measurement standards are in metric. To convert imperial measurement to metric:
Convert measurement to inches and multiply by 0.0254, e.g.,
9’6″ = (9′ x 12) + 6″
= 108″ + 6″
= 114″
114″ x 0.0254 = 2.89 metres
Convert weight from pounds to kilograms, divide pounds by 2.205,e.g., 154,000 lbs ÷ 2.205 = 69,841 kgs
When applying for a single trip permit, a carrier should apply at a minimum of 24 hours prior to the proposed move date but MTO suggests applying 2 to 3 days prior to the move to allow the Permit Issuing 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 more involved approval process. The approval process requires a minimum of 72 hours and may take up to 14 days prior to processing.
Loads that are in excess of 120,000 kg, gross vehicle weight, and/or 6 metres in width intending to travel on two lane highways or 7 metres in width if traveling on multilane highways, and/or 45.75 metres in length, are considered to be “superloads”. “Superloads” are not considered to be routine applications and will require additional time for consideration and processing. Applications for “superloads” will require supplementary documentation and be subject to a thorough review by the Ministry of Transportation’s Weight and Load Engineer as well as various senior Ministry management personnel as circumstances may warrant.
Documentation must clearly demonstrate the requirement to make the intended move on the province’s highways; this is done through a Project Justification. The Project Justification would normally include, but is not limited to the following:
Alternate means of transportation (e.g. rail, water, or possibly air) must have been thoroughly investigated and documentation outlining why these methods are not being pursued is to be provided.
Detailed description of the load including engineering drawing where applicable – illustrating the construction of the item and indicating why the item cannot be reduced down in size or weight.
Detailed description of the project the item is intended for, including – construction schedule, consequences of late delivery, economic benefits associated with the project.
Based on the Project Justification documents submitted, the ministry will consider the necessity of permitting the move. Upon satisfactory justification of the project, the applicant will need to provide:
For gross vehicle weights in excess of 120,000 kg, the Ministry of Transportation requires the applicant to hire a designated consultant engineer to evaluate the bridges on route, and submit the evaluation for approval. A list of approved bridge consulting engineers is available from the MTO, St Catharines Permit Issuing Office.
A Traffic Management Plan defining in detail all aspects of the intended move, including:
Detailed escort requirement and procedures identifying the responsibility of all units involved (OPP and private).
Detailed route survey indicating all appropriate locations for road closures, pull-over areas, emergency parking, fuel stops, significant turning movements and any anticipated roadside related activities such as restricting roadside parking.
Contingency plans for breakdowns.
Municipalities requiring separate permits.
All documentation will be subjected to review and approval by MTO prior to the issuance of permits. Consideration will only be given to the move if it can be satisfactorily proven to be absolutely necessary.
Special Vehicle Configuration

Special Vehicle Configuration permits are issued for vehicles that vary from the requirements of the HTA and regulations. The purpose of Special Vehicle Configuration permits is to harmonize configurations, weights and dimensions applicable to a class of vehicles with those of any other jurisdiction; to allow for a trial of a vehicle; or to allow for a variance from a limit within a specific geographical area.

Contact the St. Catharines Permit Issuing Office for special vehicle configuration permits.

Permit Fees
The following fees are effective January 1, 2013.
Annual Permit: $400
Project Permit: $260
Single Trip Permit: prices vary, see below
Oversize: $65
Overweight : weight up to 120,000 kg, travel on provincial highways
up to 100 km: $125
from 101 km to 500 km: $200
over 500 km: $260
Overweight over 120,000 kg, regardless of travel distance: $700
Oversize and overweight:
the same prices as for the overweight permits listed above.
Special Vehicle Configuration: refer to HTA s110.1 (10)
Method of Payment:
Credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express)
All personal cheques must be certified unless payment is sent by mail
Cash for walk in clients only
Night Moves
Night moves are allowed for all permit types with certain restrictions provided that all conspicuity requirements are met.

Criteria 1:  Overlength/Overwidth

Moves allowed: Night moves are allowed for vehicles and loads up to, and including, 3.05 m wide and 25 m long.
Routes: Night moves are restricted to multi-lane controlled access highways with a median. The lane width on these types of highways is 3.75 m.

Criteria 2:  Overheight/Overweight

Moves allowed: Night moves are allowed for vehicles and loads up to, and including, 4.26 m high and 63,500 kg.
Routes: All King’s highways.

Conditions For Both Criteria

Conspicuity Requirements: Conspicuity requirements must be met during a night move. These requirements 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 the lamp(s), and a retro-reflective “D” sign must be present.
Weather Conditions: Night moves are restricted when inclement weather conditions prevail. Inclement weather is described as the following:
“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.”

Note: overweight moves are allowed for all permit types on statutory holidays, and the preceding day of a statutory holiday, with restrictions.

Statutory Holidays:

New Year’s Day
Family Day – very nice!
Good Friday (Easter)
Victoria Day
Canada Day
August Civic Holiday
Labour Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
Boxing Day – far out!

Overweight moves are allowed between ½ hr before sunrise and noon on a statutory holiday for dimensions that do not exceed:
width of 3.70 m on two lane highways and 3.85 m on multi-lane highways
length no greater than 25 m for combination vehicles and 12.50 m for single vehicles
height maximum of 4.26 m
weight no greater than 63,500 kg.
Restrictions

Movement of vehicles and/or loads in excess of the dimensions listed above, is not permitted to travel on a statutory holiday.
Preceding Day:

Preceding day means the day before a statutory holiday restriction. If the statutory holiday is a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, the preceding day is the Friday. If the statutory holiday is on any other day of the week, the preceding day is the day before the holiday.
Moves Allowed

Overweight moves are allowed all day on the preceding day of a statutory holiday for dimensions that do not exceed the following dimensions:
width of 3.70 m on two lane highways and 3.85 m on multi-lane highways
length no greater than 25 m for combination vehicles and 12.50 m for single vehicles
height maximum 4.26 m
weight no greater than 63,500 kg.
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.
Weekend Moves
Weekend moves are allowed for all permit types with certain restrictions on dimensions. Weekend moves also have restrictions during summer months.
Saturdays and Sundays:

Moves Allowed

Overweight moves are allowed all day Saturday and Sunday for dimensions that do not exceed the following dimensions:
width of 3.70 m on two lane highways and 3.85 m on multi-lane highways
length no greater than 25 m for combination vehicles and 12. 5 m for single vehicles
height maximum 4.26 m
weight no greater than 63,500 kg.
Sunday Restrictions in Summer Months

Sunday travel is not permitted between noon and midnight during the restricted summer months of June, July, August (Southern Ontario) and July and August (Northern Ontario) for any overweight vehicles and/or loads.
Fridays:

Moves Allowed

Over dimensional moves are allowed all day for all dimensions except during summer restrictions.
Friday Restrictions in Summer Months

Travel is not permitted between 3:00 pm and midnight during the restricted summers months of June, July, August (Southern Ontario) and July and August (Northern Ontario) for any overweight vehicles and/or loads.

Exceptions

Travel between 3:00 pm and midnight on Fridays during summer restrictions may be permitted for vehicles and/or loads with heights up to, and including, 4.26 m and overall weight not exceeding 63,500 kg.
Long Wheelbase Tractors

Ontario Regulation 413/05 have reaffirmed Ontario’s preference in restricting the wheelbase of tractor units to the 6.20 meter national standard. The wheelbase dimension is measured from the center of the steer axle to the center of the drive axle group (typically the middle of the drive axles). Carriers specialized in the transportation of overweight (O/O) indivisible loads will frequently operate over length tractors to accommodate additional axles, heavier duty suspensions, and/or sliding fifth wheel assemblies for proper weight distribution. These requirements are generally acknowledged by our Ministry, and these carriers are routinely authorized to operate this fleet of specialized vehicles for routine “permitted” transportation of lighter O/O loads. This accommodation, however, is not intended to inadvertently authorize operation of over length tractors equipped with large sleeper berths or living quarters, frequently utilized in other jurisdictions.
Permit issuing staff have been instructed to verify tractor wheelbase dimensions and should they suspect that a carrier is unnecessarily utilizing an over length tractor, they are to ask for clarification and/or support documentation defining the requirements for the over length tractor. Rationale such as on-board generators are frequently unjustified due to their compact size and abundant availability of portable rental units suitable for most applications. Carriers should expect to provide a photograph of the combination in support of their justification.
Congested Traffic
Vehicles and/or loads travelling under a single trip or project permit are subject to a congested traffic condition when travelling in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The condition below applies to all single trip and project permits with dimensions that exceed the following dimensions:
width of 3.70 m on single highways, 3.85 m on multi-lane highways
length exceeding 25 m
height exceeding 4.26 m
weight in excess of 63,500 kg.
Condition:

This permit is not valid for vehicles travelling in the directions entering the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) between the hours of 7:00am to 9:30am and vehicles travelling in the directions exiting the GTA between the hours of 3:30pm to 6:30pm in the area described as being west of Thickson Rd (Hwy 401); south of King Road (Hwy 400) or Stouffville Road (Hwy 404); and east of Trafalgar Road (Hwy 401), Hwy 8 (Hwy403) to junction 403/407ETR/QEW (QEW).
This permit is not valid for vehicles travelling in the directions exiting the GTA between the hours of 7:00 to 9:30 am, and vehicles travelling in the directions entering the GTA between the hours of 3:30 to 6:30pm in the area described as being west of Whites Road (Hwy 401); south of King Road (Hwy 400) or Stoufville Road (Hwy 404; and east of Hwy 10 (Hwy 401) or Bronte Road (QEW).
Designated Area

G.T.A. Restrictions
Outlined Area — Inbound A.M. and Outbound P.M.

East Limit Thickson Road
North Limit King Road (400), Stouffville Road (404)
West Limit Trafalgar Road (Highway 401), Junction of Highway 403 / 407 ETR / QEW (QEW), Highway 8 (Highway 403)
South Limit Highway 2 (Lakeshore Road)
All travel restricted on: Highway’s 427, 410, 403 (Mississauga Loop)

Shaded Area — Outbound A.M. and Inbound P.M.

East Limit Whites Road, Rouge River
North Limit King Road (400), Stouffville Road (404)
West Limit Highway 10 (401), Highway 25 Bronte Road (QEW)
South Limit Highway 2 (Lakeshore Road)
All travel restricted on: Highway’s 427, 410, 403 (Mississauga Loop)
A.M. time restrictions are 7:00 – 9:30 a.m.
P.M. time restrictions are 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Ontario travel time restrictions.

No travel times and restrictions in Ontario Canada.

Permit Conditions
Conditions contained on all overweight permits must be strictly adhered to. The permit may be terminated for breach of any condition and the permit holder may be subject to prosecution.
Permits issued are not valid in combination with any other permits issued under Section 110.
Security of Loads

Loads being moved under an overweight permit must be firmly bound, or otherwise secured or loaded, in such a manner that no portion of the load may become dislodged or fall from the motor vehicle or trailer on which they are being transported. Regulation 614 under the HTA governs the security of loads and sets out the requirements for various types of loads.
A carrier may apply for an exemption from Regulation 614 when moving an exceptionally large or heavy piece of equipment.
In order to receive an exemption from Regulation 614, the application form must be completed and submitted along with a letter and diagram indicating in detail why the requirements of Regulation 614 cannot be adhered to. The permit will indicate the exemption if it is granted.
Note: The exemption only applies to the Regulation and not to Section 111(2) of the HTA.
Bonds

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 millimeter 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 geo-technical 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 geo-technical and/or structural consultants to assess conditions and evaluate any damages caused by the move.
Flags, Signs and Lighting

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

Vehicles and/or loads in excess of dimensions prescribed under Section 109 of the Highway Traffic Act shall be marked with 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 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 below. 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.

Canada oversize load sign.

Canadian oversize load sign.

Lighting:

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 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
When a Private Escort Warning Vehicle is Required:

Maximum widths:
from 4 m to 4.99 m- 1 escort vehicle required on multi-lane highways
from 4 m to 4.59 m – 1 escort vehicle required on two lane highways
from 4.6 m to 4.99 m – 2 escort vehicles required on two lane highways
One private escort warning vehicle is required to accompany the movement of the authorized load. The private escort warning vehicle shall be required to precede the load on two lane highways or follow the load on multi-lane highways.
A second private escort warning vehicle is required to follow the load authorized by this permit while travelling on two lane highways.

Maximum lengths:
from 36.76 m to 45.74 m – 1 escort vehicle required
rear overhang greater than 4.65 m – 1 escort vehicle required at the rear of load
Exceptions — see Mobile/Modular Homes below.
Height:
4.87 m and greater – 1 escort vehicle (pole car) required
Permit holder is responsible for all horizontal and vertical clearances along the route and must ensure that proper clearance(s) exist. A pilot escort vehicle equipped with a height pole 8 cm higher than the load must precede the load to ensure proper vertical clearances and communicate any obstructions to the driver of the permitted vehicle.

Private Escort Warning Vehicle Requirements:

Where a permit is issued on the condition that the permit holder provides a Private Escort Operator, Warning Vehicle and Equipment:
The escort vehicle(s) shall be operated by a fully (unrestricted) licensed driver of not less than 18 years of age with at least two years experience and a valid driver’s licence.
The escort vehicle(s) shall not have more than 2 axles and a wheelbase length of not less than 2.65 metres and shall be equipped with flashing amber warning lamp(s) located on the roof of the escort vehicle. Lighting shall consist of either a rectangular amber bar positioned perpendicular to the length of the escort vehicle or at least one amber warning lamp conforming to standard SAE J845 or J1318 Class 1 or 2. All lights shall be visible on a 360 degree basis from the vehicle. The lenses must be kept in good and clean condition, free from the accumulation of dirt, snow or pit markings, as to not diminish the effectiveness of the lamp.
Either a “D” or an “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign shall be used. [See “D” sign (as illustrated in Figure 1) attached. If using an “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign, the letters shall be in black on a yellow background]. The sign shall be mounted on the front and rear, or on the roof, of the escort vehicle. The sign shall not obstruct warning lights and other safety devices. If mounted on the roof, the sign shall be perpendicular to the length of the escort vehicle and shall be made of durable rigid material and must not interfere with the view of the light bar or warning light and the sign must be printed on both sides of the panel. The sign shall be removed or covered when not in use.
The escort vehicle(s) and towing vehicle(s) shall be equipped with a working two way radio communication device permitting direct communication between the vehicles.
The escort vehicle(s) shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher in effective working order, six 45 cm (18″) traffic cones and/or portable reflectors approved by the MTO, and extra bulbs to maintain all lights required by this schedule.
All units, including the escort vehicle(s), will be operated with headlights on when travelling on a highway and shall maintain a distance of 60 to 150 metres from the load being escorted.
Caution: Escort vehicles do not have traffic control authority. The escort driver must obey all traffic laws and regulations.

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.
In addition to the above, annual and project permit holders must provide a private escort warning vehicle on the following highways when the load measurement meets or exceeds the listed widths:
3.00 metres:
528A, 538, 546, 564, 566, 580, 586, 587, 670, 671, 801, 802
3.35 metres:
510, 518, 524,525,528,529, 529A, 553, 556, 560A, 569, 570, 572, 573, 577, 595, 603, 605, 607A, 617, 619, 621, 633, 636, 639, 641, 645, 645, 661, 665, 804, 811, 7036
3.66 metres:
71, 105,101,125,129,130, 502, 516, 519, 527, 532, 540, 542, 547, 548, 551, 552, 557, 562, 563, 571, 579, 582, 585, 588, 589, 590, 593, 594, 597, 599, 600, 601, 602, 607, 608, 609, 611, 614, 615, 618, 622, 623, 625, 627, 628, 630, 631, 634, 638, 640, 642, 643, 644, 651, 657, 658, 664, 667, 668, 673
Highway 144:
From 20 km north of Highway 17 at Whitson Creek (Chelmsford) to the junction of Highway 144 and Highway 101:
For loads ranging in width between 3.66 and 3.99 metres, two private escort vehicles are required.
For loads ranging in width between 4.00 and 4.56 metres, one OPP escort at the front of the load and one private escort vehicle at rear of the load.
For widths greater than 4.57 metres, two OPP escorts are required, one at the front and one at the rear of the load.
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.
For the purposes of this restriction the boundary between Northern and Southern Ontario is considered to be:
The Severn River to Regional Road 169 (formerly Highway 169)
Regional Road 169 from Washago to Highway 12
Highway 12, from Regional Road 169 to Highway 7, north of Sunderland
Highway 7 from Highway 12 to Regional Road 7B (formerly Highway 7B), at Carleton Place
Regional Road 7B to Regional Road 29 (formerly Highway 15), and
Regional Road 29 to Arnprior.
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, the Weight and Load Engineer must approve these moves. Annual permits with special weight condition for specific axle weight configurations have an additional condition for reduced load periods.
Corridor Moves

Oversize and overweight trucking 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.
No Convoy Moves

Convoy moves are not permitted. Each load must be separated by at least 45 minutes. When en route, a minimum spacing of 10km is required.
Clearance in Construction Zones

Annual and project permit holders may encounter construction zones where the horizontal clearance has been reduced to less than 3.70m or vertical clearance has been reduced to less than 4.26m. Before traveling through any construction zone, the permit holder is responsible for verifying clearances. Road construction reports can be obtained by visiting Traveller’s Information on the Ministry of Transportation website. Road information can also be obtained by calling the Ministry of Transportation Inquiry Centre at 1-800-268-4686. Cellular users can dial *ROAD or (416)235-1110 and listen to a recorded message will that provides daily updates of provincial construction projects and other pertinent information.

Permit Issuing Office Locations
St. Catharines (Head Office) #061

301 St. Paul Street, 3rd Floor, St Catharines, ON L2R 7R4
Tel: 416-246-7166 or 1-800-387-7736, Dept 4 Fax: 905-704-2545

 

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Ontario Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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Manitoba shipping regulations

Manitoba shipping regulations

These are the Province of Manitoba DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in Manitoba Canada.

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Trucking & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Manitoba, Canada:

Manitoba trucking company directory.
Manitoba pilot cars and truck escorts.

Legal limits.

Legal load limits:

Length: The overall maximum length without a permit is 23 meters.
Width: The maximum width allowed without a permit is 2.6 meters.
Height: 4.15 meters is the maximum height allowed by Manitoba DOT without a permit.
Weight: 9,100 kg on steer (seems high to us so NOT a confirmed number –  use reference link below), tandem axles: 17,000 kgs, tridem: 17,000 kgs,  or 3 axel combination with proper spacing of a 23,700, quadem: 31,600 kgs, 5 axle: 39,500 kgs and 6 axles: 46,500 kgs. Let me refer you to our reference on this for clarification from Manitoba DOT as there are different weight classes.
Overhang: Our researchers are unable to find any information on maximum allowed legal overhang. We did find the pilot car requirements of 25 meters. We will call and update at a later time or you can call Debra Martin at: 204-326-8292 M-F 8-4 – if you do please comment below as this author is writing on a Sat. and they are closed. Thank you!

Routine trucking permits.

Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are issued routinely by Manitoba province:

Length:  30 meters on length is about all you are going to get.
Width: 5 meters wide for routine permits depending on routing.
Height: Depending on routing as Manitoba DOT has designated routes the maximum height is 4.8 meters.
Weight: We were unable to get a solid figure. Manitoba DOT has different zones for weight restrictions so it all depends on which zone you need to travel in. See Manitoba DOT zone map.
Overhang: Based on the comment they made on 25 meters of rear overhang we are going to say that up to this amount is routine. If you need to speak to them call the number located above in “legal load limits” in the “overhang” section.

Superload information.

Manitoba DOT information on suplerloads or extra ordinary loads:

We will do more research on superloads in Manitoba in the future. The Manitoba DOT documentation does not cover or mention much about them so we will need to speak with someone on the phone. We are able to  see that they are well versed in shipping superloads as they mention in their online documentation that there will make arrangements to remove road side signs and replace them for shipments that are in excess of the road width. We will get back to this section soon but in the meantime appreciate any comments you may be able to leave for other visitors below.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.

Manitoba DOT permitted travel times and restrictions:

Daylight travel times are defined as from sunrise to sunset in Manitoba. No travel is permitted after 3 PM on Fridays during the summer months for shipments in excess of 3.4 meters (11′ 2″) wide on seasonal restricted roads. In the spring shipments in excess of 4.6 meters (15′) in width are not allowed to travel on roads during the spring restriction times. On routes that are not seasonally restricted you may proceed (multiple lane roads) until 3 PM as long as you are no wider than 3.7 meters in width (12′ 2″) on Friday and resume travel on Saturday at sunrise however if you are in excess of 25 meters in length (82′) you are not permitted to travel after 3 PM on Fridays during the summer months if you are on a seasonally restricted highway and resume on Saturday at sunrise – you are allowed however to travel on holidays. Sunday travel is permitted for loads up to 3.85 meters (12′ 7″) in width on all roads that have no seasonal restrictions. On a single lane highway on holidays you can not exceed 3.4 meters (11′ 2″) in order to travel. On multiple lane roads you can travel only if you are less than 3.7 meters (12′ 2″). This is very confusing so always refer to your permit for final verification but to help the matter lets go over the restricted routes:

  • Highway 1 from Falcon lake to the Manitoba/Ontario border.
  • Highway 6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 44, 307, 313, 317.
  • Highway 10 from the US border to Riding Mountain National Park.
  • Highway 11 but only north of highway 44.
  • Highway 12 but only north of highway 15.
  • Highway 59 from the west boundary line of Brokenhead to Grand Beach and the South perimeter of St. Malo

Here is the Manitoba link for spring road restrictions with zones to help you with interpretation. Holidays observed are: New years day, Provincial day, Good Friday, Victoria day, Canada day, Family day, Labour day, Thanksgiving day, Remembrance day, Christmas day and on Boxing day.

When pilot cars are required.

Manitoba DOT requires you to have a pilot car if your shipment is in excess of any of the following regulated limits:

Length: Shipments that are in excess of30 meters (98′ 5″) long require 1 pilot car/escort vehicle on the rear of the shipment on all roads. For shipments that include a booster of a jeep that are over 31 meters (101′ 9″) you are required to have 1 rear pilot car vehicle on all roads.
Width: If your shipment is in excess of 4.6 meters (15′) wide then you are required to have 1 front pilot car on single lane roads and 1 rear pilot car/escort on multiple lane roads. If your load is in excess of 3.66 meters (12′) but less than 4.55 meters ( 14′ 7″) then you are permitted to travel at night as long as you have 1 front and 1 read pilot car/escort vehicle on all roads and highways. Mobile homes can travel at night on multiple lane roads as long as it does not exceed 5 meters wide (16′ 4″) but are required to have 1 pilot car on the rear.
Height: If you are approved for a shipment that is over the legal limits Manitoba DOT has designated routes and you are not required to have a pilot car.
Weight: As long as your shipment is able to maintain the minimum speed requirements you will more than likely not be required to have a pilot car as long as your shipment is overweight only.
Overhang: Overhang is approved on a case by case basis. Check with the Manitoba DOT for further information to see if your shipment will require a pilot car due to excessive overhang.

Pilot car certifications.

Manitoba DOT certifications and requirements of pilot cars (escort vehicles):

Pilot car/escort vehicle operators are required to take a Manitoba DOT certification course in order to operate in this province. The certification program is recognized by all US jurisdictions that require PEVO except for New York state. Your vehicle is required to have a lighted sign box that is a minimum of 180 cm x 35 cm x 10 cm (72″ x 14″ x 4″), 2 – 175 mm (7″) diameter flashing lights mounted on the top of the sign box on each side with 2 amber strobing or rotating lights a minimum of 203 mm (8″) mounted between the flashing lights on top of the box as well. The sign box must light up and be visible from a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). The sign box must have either a red and white D sign or a yellow with black lettering stating “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD”,  OR “LONG LOAD”. If you have the “D” sign your letter must be no less than 20 cm (8″) in height with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. If you have the yellow sign your lettering must be no less than 20 cm (8″) with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. The sign box must be mounted on the top of the vehicle and covered when not in operation. You are also expected to have the following items inside of the vehicle: CB radio or high powered 2-way radio, first aid kit, fire extinguisher type A, B & C of at least a 2 liters, 3 reflective road triangles, 3 traffic cones, reflective vest (worn while working), slow/stop sign, 3 red or orange safety colored flags no less than 40 x 40 cm (16″ x 16″), nose cone flashlight and a hard hat.

To operate in Manitoba you must obtain a light permit. More information is available by calling: 204-985-0920

Shipment, truck and trailer markings.

Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags in Manitoba:

All trucks that are hauling oversize or overweight loads must have a strobing, flashing or rotating amber light mounted to the roof that is visible from 360 degrees at a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). All 4 outermost corners corners of the overall shipment and any obtrusive points must have flags mounted to them that are safety red or orange in color no less than 40 cm x 40 cm (16″ x 16″) and have the flags exchanged for lighting if moving during the night. A sign stating the nature of the load; “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD” or “LONG LOAD” must be mounted to the front and rear of the overall shipment. Signs must be a minimum of 12′ in height and 6′ in width with a yellow background and black letting with lettering thickness no less than 4 cm (1 5/8″) thick.

Manitoba DOT contact and other information.

Manitoba DOT contact and other information:

Manitoba DOT – Central Permit Office
Telephone help line, Winnipeg; 877-812-0009 or 204-945-3961 (compliance: 204-945-3890)
Fax line: 204-945-3961
Hours of service: 7:30 AM until 6 PM Monday thru Friday – CENTRAL TIME ZONE.
Manitoba DOT oversize and overweight trucking permits website.
Manitoba spring thaw road restrictions information.
Manitoba DOT axle and axle group weight definitions and restrictions.
Manitoba province current road conditions and closure information.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Manitoba Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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