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British Columbia Axle Weight Limits

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Maximum Legal Weight Allowed

The maximum legal axle weight on a highway are: Single Axle 9 100 kg, any one axle of a Tridem or Tandem Axle Group 9 100 kg, the axle weight difference between adjacent axles 1 000 kg maximum, the gross weight on the steering axle of an all-wheel-drive three axle truck is 7 500 kg maximum, the gross weight of any two adjacent axles in a Tridem Axle Group 17 000 kg maximum (except in case of a tridem pole trailer), the sum of the axle loads on the drive axles and jeep axle in a tandem drive truck tractor in combination with a single axle jeep and lowbed semi-trailer 24 000 kg. The maximum licensed gross vehicle weight of a vehicle or combination of vehicles must not exceed 63 500 kg.

A person may, without a permit, operate the semi-trailer of a 2-vehicle combination with a spread tandem axle, if the interaxle spacing between the 2 non-steering axles exceeds 185 cm but does not exceed 307 cm, provided that the sum of the axle weight for both axles does not exceed 9 100 kg.

A person must not, without an overload permit, drive or operate on a highway when

  1. a vehicle or combination of vehicles having a gross weight on the drive axle that is less than 20% of the gross vehicle weight, or
  2. a combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 38 000 kg unless the towing vehicle has a tandem or tridem drive axle.

Axle Group



9,100 kg


9,100 kg


17,000 kg

Gross Vehicle Weight

38,000 kg

Source of information: http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/30_78#division_d2e1638

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