New Brunswick approves 60-ft. extended semitrailers

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Sixty-foot extended semitrailers will soon be allowed to run across New Brunswick, as the province updates its long combination vehicle (LCV) guidelines.

“One more piece of red tape has been removed, harmonizing LCV regulations across the region,” Chris McKee, executive director of Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA), told

Walmart has deployed a 60-foot trailer between Windsor and Mississauga in Ontario. (File photo: Walmart Canada)

“Some carriers are very eager for this and very pleased this will be happening. The four provinces in our region are tied to each other in terms of inter-provincial trade. It is ridiculous that we had these hinderances,” he added.

While the guidelines were updated effective April 24, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure staff are now working to update the permitting system to reflect this change, according to an APTA news release.  Carriers should be able to apply for 60-foot permits in about one month.

LCV holiday restrictions removed

The New Brunswick government has also removed the three remaining holiday restrictions from its LCV guidelines. They can now run on Canada Day in July, New Brunswick Day in August, and Labor Day in September.

“This is great news for our carriers and helps level the playing field with other provinces over restrictions and allows better movement of trucks between jurisdictions,” McKee said.

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Leo Barros is the associate editor of Today’s Trucking. He has been a journalist for more than two decades, holds a CDL and has worked as a longhaul truck driver. Reach him at

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  • Whoever thought 60′ trailers is a good idea can’t think past his nose. They are going to more prone to sidewinds and get blown over, then there will be more hype about why there are more truck accidents so therefore more inspections, insurance will go up because of more claims and everybody pays for this so a few mega rich companies can make more money

  • That is ridiculous. All those places that just have room for 53 feet trailer. How in the hell are we getting a 60 feet trailer in there. All I can say is better have outdoor forklift so they can come unload and load there shipment. Again not seeing the big picture about what really happens in the trucking industry.

  • This should not be allowed because they will expect trucking company’s to pull for the same rate and rates are already to cheap. The highways are not safe now so this will not make it better follow some Trailer down the road and it’s like a wave back and forth.

  • We’re having a hard time keeping 48 and 53 foot trailers on the road. 60 foot trailers will be nothing but a disaster.