Western Canada OSOW wheelbase regs.

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  1. old iron

    old iron Road Train Member

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    Specifically Manitoba and West.
    Did the old 244" max wheelbase on a tandem tractor get changed to something longer?
    I know for a long time you could get a long wheelbase permit for legal loads. (With a corresponding reduction on trailer wheelbase). But never get a permit for oversize/overweight with a +244" truck.
    Did this get changed? And if so, what is the max now for OSOW?
     
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  3. Cabinover101

    Cabinover101 Heavy Load Member

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    Yes it got changed all over, but couldn't tell you off the top of my head.out west I believe Max is 282 east is 285 I think? OSOW I know it changed some.
     
  4. cke

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    Ya didn’t throw that chunk of frame away did ya ???
     
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    You couldn't have 2 permits before, now with the change in wheelbase, the OSOW would be the 1 permit. Think trailer reduction still applies. Also if you are unaware, before I know Manitoba offered a spread axle annual permit for the trailer, don't know if this has changed
     
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    cke Road Train Member

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    What’s a spread axel permit
     
  7. Cabinover101

    Cabinover101 Heavy Load Member

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    Back when I was leased to Mercer they had an annual permit for Manitoba that allowed you to enter the Province with a spread axle Flatbed. I no longer have a copy of it to show you. Maybe someone who is still leased to them will look in their permit book a post a copy
     
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    Cabinover101 Heavy Load Member

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    Correction: I said to enter the Province, I should have said to operate in the Province with the spread axle trailer
     
  9. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Yes, a wheelbase longer than 6.2 m (244") is allowed, but there is a reduction in trailer wheelbase; see: Heavy Truck Weight and Dimension Limits for Interprovincial Operations in Canada.

    Two other links I would keep handy:
    • comt.ca Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety: Authors of the above linked MOU
    • ccmta.ca Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators: You'll find all of the National Safety Code Standards for operating in Canada, sercurement info, etc.
    As for the wheelbase, BC no longer requires a permit for a long wheelbase tractor so long as your combination adheres to the new regulations. I haven't verified the same with the other provinces, but I believe Alberta does.
     
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    old iron Road Train Member

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    So can you now get a osow permit with a over length tractor? I can't find any hard evidence.
     
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    Western Canada is real particular about 10' spread axles. They treat one as two singles the same as we do in the states, but only give around 20,000# for BOTH axles. Not for each like we do. Manitoba wants you to buy a permit on top of cutting the weight in half...
     
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