Government of New Brunswick
 

Responses

Where can I get information concerning truck size and weight regulations, highway allowable weights or spring weight restrictions?
Answer:
This information is part of the Department of Transportation’s web page for the trucking industry.

 
My trucking business is located outside of New Brunswick, what permits do I require to transport a load into New Brunswick?
Answer:
To be registered through the International Registration Plan (IRP) visit the Trucking and Transport section on the Service New Brunswick website, call (506) 453-2215 or send an e-mail to snb@snb.ca.

If you do not have IRP plates, temporary vehicle registration is required to pass through New Brunswick using a commercial trip permit. This permit can be obtained from the following Permit Agencies:  730 Permit Services 1-613-657-1244, Altrans 1-905-563-4545, B.i.M. Consulting 506-432-6840, Nova 1-800-567-7775, Permicom 1-800-463-4822, Permits Canada 1-800-361-5757, or the Department of Public Safety, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Stationary Scales.

To obtain an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) licence visit the Department of Finance web site to obtain the required application form or call (506) 453-2404.

Trucks entering the province are required to have proof of $1 million in public liability and damage insurance. If you are carrying dangerous goods, you are required to carry $2 million in public liability and damage insurance.

If the load is oversize and/or overweight, you must obtain a special permit. To apply for a permit, contact the New Brunswick Department of Transportation’s Special Permit Office by faxing your application to (506) 444-4488 or visit Service New Brunswick’s online services.

If you are carrying hazardous goods, visit the Transport Canada Dangerous Goods website or contact the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety, by calling (506) 453-2410.

National Safety Code; Dangerous Goods; Log Books contact the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety, Telephone: (506) 453-2410.

In Transit markers are required when moving a vehicle that is not registered and/or does not have a valid inspection sticker. To obtain an In Transit marker contact the nearest Service New Brunswick office. For a listing of SNB offices visit their website.

Motor Carrier Operating Authority, i.e., economic regulation, is not required in New Brunswick.


Can I get an overweight permit to transport lumber, logs or gravel?
Answer:
No, overweight permits are only issued for indivisible loads.


When is a pilot (escort) vehicle required to accompany my oversize load?
Answer:
ON 2-LANE HIGHWAYS:                                                
At the FRONT of loads exceeding 3.65 m (12 ft.) in width.
At the FRONT and REAR of loads exceeding 4.88 m (16 ft.) in width.
At the REAR of loads exceeding 27.5 m (90 ft.) in length.

ON MULTI-LANE DIVIDED HIGHWAYS:
At the REAR of loads exceeding 3.05 m (10 ft.) in width, for nighttime travel only.
At the REAR of loads exceeding 3.65 m (12 ft.) in width.
At the REAR of loads exceeding 30.0 m (98 ft. 5 in.) in length.

ON ALL HIGHWAYS:
At the FRONT of loads with FRONT overhangs exceeding 3.05 m (10 ft.)
At the REAR of loads with REAR overhangs exceeding 3.05 m (10 ft.)
Additional escorts may also be stipulated.
When proceeding at a speed greater than 50 km/h, escorts must maintain a distance of not more than 300 m (984 ft.) or less than 250 m (820 ft.) from the vehicle conveying the load.
When proceeding at a speed of less than 50 km/h, escorts must maintain a distance of 150 m (492 ft.) from the vehicle conveying the load.
Escort vehicles are limited to 2 axles and maximum GVW of 8,000 kgs.


What are the maximum legal dimensions?

Answer:
Legal Width
Legal Height
Legal Length Straight Truck
Legal Length Tractor/trailer
Legal Length B-Trains
Legal length B-Trains

Legal Rear Overhang

Legal Front Overhang

2.60 m (8’- 6”)
4.15 m (13’- 7”)
12.50 m (41’)
23.00 m (75’)
23.00 m (75’)
25.00 m (82’)
(On highways with a GVW rating of 62,500 kg)
2.00 m (6’ –6”)
(If the rear overhang exceeds 1.00 m (3’-3”) a flag is required)
1.00 m (3’-3”)


How long will it take to receive my oversize and/or overweight special permit?
Answer:
We do our best to complete and authorize permits before the end of the next business day. Please note that complex permits generally require substantially longer processing times.


Are all permit applications granted?
Answer:
No, there may be occasions where the load is too heavy, or too large to safely move on NB highways. In these cases alternative modes of transport are recommended.


I’ll be driving my commercial vehicle over the Confederation Bridge towards Prince Edward Island. Is there anything that I need to know?
Answer:
Yes, All overwidth vehicles or loads with a width greater than 2.6 metres (8’-6”) as well as all commercial vehicles carrying dangerous goods must report to the Confederation Bridge office prior to crossing the bridge. Take exit 47 on Route 16 and follow the signs to the office.