TORONTO, Ont. — In Ontario, the new year will bring new permits for a newly approved trailer configuration.
According to the Ontario Trucking Association, the Ontario Ministry of Transport is set to begin granting individual and fleet permits for the use of extended tractor b-train double trailer configurations.
The OTA said that to qualify for a permit, the “extended tractor b-train double trailer must meet all Safe, Productive, Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) requirements, except with overall length of 27.5 metres. The tractor wheelbase also has a maximum of 6.8 metres. For this configuration as tractor wheel-base increases, it is offset by reducing the sum of the trailer wheelbases according to the following trade-off table. There is no change in the 20 metre box length limit for the configuration. This formula allows the configuration to turn within the same space as a regular tractor single semi-trailer configurations.”
Prices for the permits are expected to be $400 for individual vehicles and $1,000 for fleets.
The OTA said the permits will be in place until MTO can make the necessary changes to its regulations, which are expected within the next year.
Additional details, including the application forms, will eventually be posted to the MTO’s website.
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