Hamilton banning trucks from downtown

by Today's Trucking

The City of Hamilton in Ontario will start installing new and modified truck route signage this week to implement the recommendations of the 2022 Truck Route Master Plan Update.

The key changes include the restriction of trucks over four-axles from travelling within areas of the downtown and other parts of the lower city; removal of selected streets from the truck route network; and modifications to certain time of day restrictions.

Truck signage
(Photo: City of Hamilton)

These changes aim to improve overall community livability and contribute to improved environmental and public health outcomes, while supporting regional economic prosperity, the city claims.

They are designed to keep trucks on suitable roadways and in turn help mitigate impacts such as noise, vibration, and safety for vulnerable road users.

Signage installations will take approximately six weeks to complete, with more than 600 signs being installed throughout Hamilton, beginning in the lower city then expanding to other areas. All installations are expected to be complete by April 30, weather permitting.


Signage installations will occur outside of peak hours to minimize traffic impacts. All applicable enforcement of existing signage remains in effect until the removal of existing signage occurs.

Restrictions will take effect progressively upon installation of the signage. The system utilizes both permissive and restrictive truck route signing. Trucks are expected to follow designated routes but may exit the permissive route to access their destination using the shortest distance from the truck route possible from non-designated city roadways.

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  • Has the City of Hamilton published a map of truck routes? This would make it clear for all truck drivers where they are allowed to drive.
    It is a bit difficult for truck drivers to find in the middle of a turn that the road is not a truck route – particularly if it has always been a truck route previously.
    Hamilton has used the “permissive signage” for many years and many drivers have paid the price through being fined.

  • I got pulled over by Bylaw in an unmarked charger with red and blues and got a off a truck route ticket in a five ton tow truck. Wish I knew it was bylaw and not the police because I would have won in court. The highway traffic act states which vehicles can operate intermittently flashing red lights and bylaw ain’t on the list. Had to pay a 25% victim surcharge too. Sorry to all the inhabitants of Hamilton who I victimized by driving downtown in a tow truck.

  • A list of the affected roads would be nice, so drivers know if a road that was accessible is no longer accessible!

  • So I won’t be able to make my delivery to a house that is on a residential road that has been torn down and a new house has being built , how’s this going to work , because if I get ticketed and I have the proper paperwork , bylaw and the police will be losing in court , as the city authorized the building permit.