News Release - February 23, 2011
ROAD RESTRICTIONS TO TAKE EFFECT
Truckers and Shippers Reminded to Check Website
All truckers and shippers are reminded to start double checking how much weight they can legally haul before heading out, as the season for weight restrictions begins on Tuesday, March 1 for specific Saskatchewan roads and highways.
"Our export-based economy depends largely on trucks getting goods to worldwide markets, but the province also needs to take these regular and annual weight restriction measures to protect roads as they begin to thaw," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said. "If you drive a truck, please make sure you're operating at the correct legal weight for the time of year and for the highway or road you're using."
Winter weight restrictions for some Saskatchewan highways will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1 and last until March 14. Effective March 15 at 12:01 a.m., any existing winter weights are removed for the entire province and allowable weights revert back to normal summer weights. Winter weights typically run from about November to March because the material underneath the surface of a road or road bed freezes over the winter and is stronger, which means it can withstand heavier truck loads without being damaged and shippers can carry more weight. Following this reversion to normal summer weights, spring road bans (also known as restrictions) typically go into effect and usually last for about six weeks.
For technical and regulatory information about weight restriction or other general trucking questions, commercial carriers within Saskatchewan can also telephone the Transport Compliance Branch (TCB) Inquiry Line at 1-866-933-5290. Truckers outside of Saskatchewan can call the same line at 306-933-5290. The line operates weekdays, except statuary holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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