New special permit available for liquid bulk loads in N.B.

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FREDERICTON, N.B. — A special permit to transport liquid bulk commodities with a self-steering, four-axle semi-trailer may now be obtained by New Brunswick haulers.

Liquid bulk commodities are unpackaged free-flowing liquids that are loaded in an approved tanker trailer without being placed in bottles, bags, boxes, barrels or small tanks, or in any other similar containers, or hand-stowed. Examples of liquid bulk include water, milk, heating oil, fuel, liquid fertilizer, liquid chemicals and compressed gas.

The vehicle must be equipped with an electronic anti-rollover system. Its gross vehicle weight cannot exceed 55,500 kilograms, and it must be equipped with an onboard mechanism to determine the axle weights. These vehicles meet the performance standards set by the Transportation Association of Canada, and they will only be allowed to operate on provincial highways rated for this weight.

“This new permit is part of our continuing effort to help companies be more efficient and help us on our way to being a fully self-sufficient province over the next 20 years,” said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. “We are also updating our trucking policies and regulations in support of the Atlantic Gateway initiative.”

As part of the province’s Atlantic Gateway strategy, New Brunswick is partnering with the federal government and the private sector to improve its transportation network and update its policies and regulations. Officials are hoping this will increase trade volumes and generate new investment, new jobs, and greater economic opportunities for New Brunswickers.

Applications for the special permits for liquid bulk loads may be obtained by calling the special permit office at 506-453-2982.

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