Manitoba now allowing longer Rocky Mountains

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WINNIPEG, Man. – Manitoba has followed the lead set by its fellow Prairie jurisdictions and has extended the maximum length for Rocky Mountain Doubles – long combination vehicles (LCVs) with a shorter trailer following a longer lead unit – from 30 metres to 31 metres.

The switch, effective immediately, mirrors the longer lengths permitted by both Alberta and Saskatchewan, which just switched earlier this year.

“What you’re looking at is being able to use a 53-foot trailer instead of a 48-foot trailer,” says Bob Dolyniuk of the Manitoba Trucking Association. “That’s two more skids on the back.”

While there is again harmony from Manitoba to Alberta, there’s still no word on whether B.C. will permit LCVs to roll across its border into Dawson Creek, B.C.

“As it is now, two trucks have to meet one extended length vehicle at the B.C.-Alberta border, and the load has to be divided in two,” Dolyniuk complains. That means twice the emissions, twice the drivers and twice the cost, he explains. n

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