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Colder weather leads to benefits for the trucking industry as harder surfaces allow heavier loads to be shipped.

 

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“As a land-locked province, the trucking industry plays a major role in getting our exports to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “Winter weight season allows shippers to haul heavier loads on secondary-highways, resulting in fewer trips and cost savings for the industry.”

 

Winter weights are put in place annually from about mid-November to mid-March. Because the road bed freezes during this period, it is stronger and can withstand heavier truck loads without being damaged. Typically, winter weights allow truckers to carry up to 15-20 per cent more payload on secondary highways than what can be carried during the summer.

 

Restrictions on the winter weights can be in effect from November 16 to 30 and also from March 1 to 14. When temperatures rise and roadbeds remain soft, the ministry may remove winter weights in some areas. Commercial truckers and shippers are encouraged to check the status regularly at www.saskatchewan.ca/truckingweights.

 

To find the latest road restriction orders online, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline, follow us on Twitter @SkGovHwyHotline and look for #skweights or call the Hotline at 511.

 

For technical and regulatory information, commercial carriers can contact the Inquiry Line weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-866-933-5290 in Saskatchewan or 306-933-5290 outside the province.

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