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Conspicuity markings must soon be retrofitted

WINNIPEG, Man. -- Effective Sept. 1, Manitoba will require trailers over a specific size to meet federal standards...


WINNIPEG, Man. — Effective Sept. 1, Manitoba will require trailers over a specific size to meet federal standards for reflective markings to further improve highway safety.

This requirement will support a national safety initiative and follow federal amendments to heavy vehicle standards. Most other Canadian jurisdictions have similar standards in place.

The trailers affected are those with an overall width of 2.05 metres (80 inches) or more and having a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,536kg (10,000lb) or more.

The reflective materials must be installed on the sides and rear of the specified vehicles. Trailers designed or modified as a mobile living facility are not required to meet this standard.

Transport Canada regulations require trailers manufactured after January 1997 be equipped with reflective tape or reflectors. U.S. transportation authorities require this equipment on trailers manufactured as of January 1993.

More information on highway safety and transportation regulations is available on the Internet at www.gov.mb.ca/tgs/portal.html.


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