CALGARY, Alta. –As first reported on Trucknews.com, the province of Alberta has promised it will “defer weight restrictions” on non- RTAC trailers “indefinitely.”
The promise, made in a letter to the Alberta Construction Trucking Association (ACTA) and other trailer operators, came as welcomed news to the Alberta trucking industry, which was faced with prohibitive weight penalties if using trailers that pre-dated the RTAC standard as of the end of 2010. Many of the trailers that would be affected are used seasonally and are in good condition.
The September issue of Truck West brought light to the issue, which was particularly worrisome to construction truckers. Fortunately, since the article was published, Alberta Transport Minister Luke Ouellette has apparently agreed that imposing further hardship on an already struggling construction trucking industry is not a good idea. •
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