TRUCKERS GET MORE OPTIONS FOR HAULING GOODS

The Government of Saskatchewan has approved new trucking regulations that make shipping more efficient and cost effective.  The new regulations continue the work of making interprovincial trucking easier by harmonizing rules between Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC through the New West Partnership.

“These changes will enable industry to increase efficiency through reduced operating costs and reduced red tape,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said.  “The changes give industry more options for transporting goods depending on the vehicle/trailer combinations and internal dimensions.”

For example, under the new regulations, tridem drive trucks (a truck with three rear-drive axles) can now tow pony trailers.  This change gives carriers who need to tow office trailers, RV’s and tool cribs the ability to minimize the number of trips, drivers and vehicles required.

Various amendments benefit the agriculture and resource sector and respond to requests made by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.

“We are pleased to see the government responding to a resolution put forward by our members,” Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities President Dave Marit said.  “The increase in weight for tridem drive B-train combinations on secondary weight highways will help get product coming out of rural areas to market more efficiently.”
The new regulations come into effect April 1, 2014.

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For more information, contact:

Mark Rathwell
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8484
Email: mark.rathwell@gov.sk.ca

http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=2fe360f0-85c0-400e-8182-6b3f783705e2

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