WINNIPEG, Man. — A new provincial policy, combined with nice weather, saw spring weight restrictions lifted earlier than ever before in Manitoba.
Road restrictions ended Apr. 30 in the southern part of the province and May 8 in the north. Last year, the load restrictions were in place until May 31, the province announced.
The spring weight restrictions were in place only seven weeks this year compared to the normal 10 weeks before a new policy was introduced, which takes into account current weather conditions rather than imposing predetermined start and end dates.
“This new policy and our improvements to highways and bridges are helping boost the bottom line for trucking firms, industries and farmers by reducing operating costs,” said Transport Minister Steve Ashton. “This also solidifies Manitoba as a major commercial trucking trade route.”
The new policy also provides truckers with more notice of the state and end dates, so they can plan accordingly.
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