REGINA, Sask. — Saskatchewan has harmonized its B-train weight allowances with Alberta and B.C. to improve the flow of goods across western Canada.
An amendment to the Vehicle Weight and Dimension Regulations, 1999 allows B-trains to operate at 63,500 kg, up from a previous limit of 62,500 kg on the province’s most heavily-travelled highways. Alberta and B.C. already allowed 63,500 kg GVWs for B-trains.
“This weight increase is an example of the New West Partnership at work,” Saskatchewan’s Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said. “It’s a change specifically requested by the commercial carrier industry that will have tangible and immediate benefits, and it supports the goal of the New West Partnership in creating a barrier-free trade zone and investment climate in the three western-most provinces.”
“We’re very pleased to see the provincial government moving forward on harmonization of regulations for our industry,” Saskatchewan Trucking Association director Steve Balzer added. “The largest impact on commercial carriers is the ability to operate B-train combinations through the Saskatchewan-Alberta-B.C. corridor without having to reduce shipping weight.”
The increase is expected to provide carriers with 2.5% greater productivity.
Phase 1 of the new weight allowance goes into effect immediately on specified provincial highways as well as cities and urban centres located along those routes. Phase 2, to come later, will cover the remaining primary weight highways capable of supporting the extra weight.
The following highways are included in Phase 1:
Highway 2, from Assiniboia to its junction with Highway 11
Highway 2, from Prince Albert to La Ronge
Highway 3, from Hudson Bay to Prince Albert
Highway 4, from its junction with Highway 1 to Meadow Lake
Highway 5, from Saskatoon to Canora
Highway 6, from Highway 39 to its junction with Highway 1
Highway 9, from Yorkton to Canora
Highway 10, from its junction with Highway 1 to its junction with Highway 16
Highway 12, from Saskatoon to its junction with Highway 312
Highway 14, from Saskatoon to the Alberta Border
Highway 15, from its junction with Highway 4 to its junction with Highway 11
Highway 35, from Tisdale to Nipawin
Highway 39 from North Portal to its junction with Highway 6
Highway 41 from its junction with Highway 5 to its junction with Highway 6
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