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Extended trailers now allowed in Western Canada

Posted: December 5, 2014

WINNIPEG, MB -Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation has signed a Western Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Rocky Mountain Doubles (RMDs) and is ready to proceed with implementation.

“We have been in communication with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Motor Carrier Permits staff and they have confirmed they are ready today to issue permits for RMDs based on the specifications of the new MOU,” says Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association.

And that means that RMDs can now travel on established routes at a maximum length of 134 feet on multi-lane highways, and 106 feet on two-lane highways. In Manitoba, that now includes the full-length of Highway 16 through to the Saskatchewan border.

Opening up Highway 16 to the Saskatchewan border will allow carriers to haul RMD combinations from Winnipeg directly through to Northern Saskatchewan and Alberta. Or in other words, truckers and their customers will get more operational and cost efficiencies and could even reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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