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Alberta Regulatory Details


Over Dimension Loads

When a load exceeds legal dimensions a permit is required and, depending on the dimensions, certain conditions must be followed. General legal dimensions in Alberta are 2.6 M Wide, 4.15 M Height and 23 M Length.

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Utility Notification

Any loads exceeding 5.3 M in height must contact Fortis or Atco Electric for Utility Clearance. Any load that exceeds 6.0 M in height must provide a Utility Notification number in order for the provincial permit to be approved.

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Width Exceptions For Farm Equipment

Rubber tired farm equipment operating on roadways are subject to specific width exemptions that allow them to operate above the defined legal width without obtaining a permit.

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Overweight Vehicles

Overweight travel on Alberta’s Primary and Secondary’s highways is restricted by Axle Groups and Loading Periods. Municipalities in Alberta generally follow the same Loading Periods as Alberta Transportation; however there may be some variations so it is recommended to check with the Municipality or their Agent prior to travel.

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Signs On Vehicles

Commercial vehicles operating on highways must have certain identifying features listed on the vehicle in addition to the regular requirements of registration and insurance. It’s important to be aware of the size specifications and the necessary content.

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Commercial Vehicle Inspection

An annual CVIP Inspection is required for any vehicle with a registered weight of 11,794 kg or greater when operating within Alberta, or 4500 kg or greater when operating extra-provincially.

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Spec Sheets and Weigh Scale

An important tool in compliance is knowing your vehicle specifications and weights. We’ve complied printable spec sheets for common vehicle types and shown you where to look for inspection stations.

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Frost/Thaw Line

The Frost/Thaw line refers to the current allowable weights in place for a specific location in the Province of Alberta. Depending on the time of year, different parts of the Province may be at different allowable weights.

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Emergency Movement of Equipment

Under a specific set of circumstances, overweight equipment may be allowed to travel on roadways without obtaining a permit prior to travel when exceeding legal weights or dimensions. Road users must ensure they are operating within the outlined exemptions and that all required documentation is submitted.

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Road Conditions

Check the conditions of your route before you head out!

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Alberta Transportation Links

Alberta Transportation has extensive information available to the public through their website. Common topics of interest are Road Restrictions/Bans, High Load Corridor, Carrier Profiles and the National Safety Code.

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