Do you Need an British Columbia Trucking Permit?
Ministry of Transport88 Sixth St,
New Westminster, BC V3L 5B3
6:00 AM – 10:00 PM (PST), 7 days a week and most statutory holidays.
(Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day)
No travel is allowed after 2pm on Friday until 12:01am on Monday for any load in excess of 3.8m (12-6) in width
Superloads in BC or “extraordinary loads” are defined as any shipments that is in excess of 85,000 kgs
(187,391lbs); 4.4m in width (14-4) ; 4.88 in overall height (16-01)
Depending on the route, may not be classified as a superload as BC has pre-approved designated routes.
Oversize Load Signs
A sign stating the nature of the load: “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD” or “LONG LOAD” must be mounted to the front and rear of the overall shipment.
Signs must be a minimum of 12’ in height and 6’ in width with a yellow background and black lettering with lettering thickness no less than 1 5/8” thick.
All trucks that are hauling oversize or overweight loads must have a strobing, flashing or rotating amber light mounted to the roof that is visible from 360 degrees at a minimum distance of 656’.
All 4 outermost corners of the overall shipment and any obtrusive points must have flags mounted to them that are safery red or orange in color no less than 16” X 16” and have the flags exchanged for lighting if moving during the night
|Steer Axle||13,227 lbs.|
|Single Axle||24,250 lbs.|
|Tandem Group||50,705 lbs.|
|Tandem Group - Drive With Single Axle Jeep||61,725 lbs. 7'8" to 9'8" axle spread | 63, 930 lbs. 9'8" to 12' axle spread)|
|Tridem Group - Drive||61,725 lbs. 7'8" to 9'2" Axle Spread|
|Tridem Group - Jeep||61,725 lbs. 7'8" to 10'2" Axle Spread|
|Tridem Group - Trailer||61,725 lbs. Axle Spread With Tandem or Tridem Booster|
|Tridem Group - Trailer (Manufactured Prior to 12/31/2010)||63,930 lbs. 7'8" to 10'2" With No Booster or Single Booster|
|Tridem Booster||61,725 lbs. 7'8" to 10'2" (Only Allowed With Tridem Lowbed)|
|Length - Single Unit||41'|
|Length - Vehicle Combination||75'4"|
|Length - Vehicle Combination - Jeep & Booster||75'4"|
*Permit office assesses every load that is over height based on intended routing
If shipment is oversize AND overweight, you will be required to have two (2) separate permits.
|Weight||Determined on a Case-By-Case Basis|
|Width Over 11'6"||1 Front on 2-Lane Roads | 1 Rear on 4-Lane Roads*|
|Height||Determined on a Case-By-Case Basis|
|Length Over 90'||1|
|Overhang Over 21'4"||1 Rear|
In some cases a beacon light may be substituted.
- If granted night travel you will require 1 front escort if shipment is over 10-6
- Shipments that are over 11-6 wide up to 14-6 require 1 front escort
- Shipments over 11-6 wide are permitted to travel at night only
The width across the axle running gear may not exceed the width of the lowbed semitrailer (excluding jeep and rail lowbeds). Power units, pony trailers, and full trailers are not permitted to exceed legal width. Only lowbed semitrailers are permitted to an overall vehicle width of 10-5 for heavy haul operations.
In the even heavy haul equipment is used to transport reducible loads, the following rules apply:
Load being transported must not exceed the dimension limits set out in the Reducible Load Policy, regardless of the width of the trailer.
The lowbed semi-trailer wheelbase may not exceed
The Iron Creek Bridge located South of the Yukon border on Highway 97 has a deck width at the base of 14-0 and the bridge rail height is 19” high. As long as an oversize load exceeding 14-0 wide up to 14-4 wide rests higher than 1-6 above the pavement, then oversize permits can be issued.
Single trip permits may be issued for up to seven (7) days. There are some instances wehre a permit will need to exceed that limit and can be issued up to a maximum of 30 days.