Today the Ontario Trucking Association was notified by both the Government of Manitoba and the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) of regulatory changes to the province’s vehicle weights and dimensions regulations.
The changes include:
- The permissible length for aerodynamic devices (boat tails) increasing from 0.61 metres to 1.52 metres and will continue to be excluded from the measurement of overall length, provided the devices are collapsible.
- The permissible length for a B-train configuration increasing from 26 metres to 27.5 metres. However, the new B-train length will now include wildlife bumpers in the overall length measurement.
- The permissible weight for wide-base single tires and axle groups fitted with wide-based single tires increased for RTAC routes to be consistent with dual tires (already if effect by Ministerial Order, now moved to regulation).
In Ontario, the longer boat tails (by enforcement deferral) and extended length b-trains with longer tractor wheel-bases (by permit) have been allowed since August 2014 and January 2015 respectively. Ontario is the process of moving both items into regulation. The issue of wide single tires was addressed in 2008.
All three changes addressed in Manitoba have been longstanding positions of Canadian Trucking Alliance.