Nova Scotia Oversize / Overweight Regulations

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Nova Scotia?

DIMENSIONS:
Width: 8 ft 6.37"
Height: 13 ft 6"
Overhang: Front 4 ft, Rear 10 ft
Length: 48 ft (trailer-no overall length limits)
Category 1A: Tridem Drive 23 m (77 ft)
A Train Double 25 m (82 ft)
B Train Double 27.5 m (90 ft)

What is considered as "Overweight Load" in Nova Scotia?

WEIGHTS
Single Axle (dual tires): 9,100 kg (20 ,000 lb.)
Tandem Axle: 18,000 kg (39,600 lb.)
Steering Axle:5,500 kg 12.100 lb.)
Tractor-Trailer Combo - Gross Vehicle : 36,300 kg (80,000 lb.)
A Train 8 axles:53,500 kg (117,900 lb.)
B Train 8 axles: 58,500 kg (129,000 lb.)

Nova Scotia Oversize / Overweight Permits

Nova Scotia Permit Department Contact Information

Fax:

Nova Scotia Pilot Cars / Escorts

An escort vehicle is required at the rear of the vehicle on 2 lane roads. 

During daytime travel an escort vehicle is required at the front of the vehicle on 2 lane roads.

During daytime travel an escort vehicle is required at the rear of the vehicle on multi-lane highways. 

During daytime travel escort vehicles are required at the front and at the rear of the vehicle on 2 lane roads. 

During nighttime travel an escort vehicle is required at the front of the vehicle on 2 lane roads and at the rear of the vehicle on multilane highways.

During nighttime travel escort vehicles are required at the front and at the rear of the vehicle.

Nova Scotia Axle Regulations

Weight limits

Unless a special permit has been issued, no person shall operate or cause to be operated upon a highway a vehicle or combination of vehicles, either unladen or with load, and equipped with pneumatic tires, having:

(a) a weight in excess of the weight represented upon the permit issued in respect of a vehicle or combination of vehicles by the jurisdiction;

(b) an axle weight in excess of the manufacturer’s gross axle weight rating;

(c) an axle weight in excess of the lesser of

(i) the sum of the tire load ratings of all tires installed on the wheels of any axle,

(ii) the sum of 10 kg (22 lb.) per mm of tire width of all tires installed on the wheel of an axle for tires in excess of 150 mm in width, and

(iii) the following weights, as applicable

  • 9100 kg (20,062 lb.), in the case of an axle equipped with 4 tires,
  • 9100 kg (20,062 lb.), in the case of an axle equipped with 2 tires that is a steering axle,
  • 6000 kg (13,227 lb.), in the case of an axle equipped with 2 tires, other than a steering axle,
  • 7700 kg (16,975 lb.), in the case of an axle equipped with 2 tires, other than a steering axle, that has tire widths of 445 mm or greater and is installed on a vehicle that is operated on a Maximum Weight Road.
  • (d) a weight in excess of the maximum axle weight limits specified in Schedule A for an axle group.

(e) a static weight on any axle of an axle group that is 1000 kg (2204 lb.) greater or less than the weight of an adjacent axle in the same axle group.

(f) a weight in excess of 4500 kg (9920 lb.) on any axle of an assembly of 2 or more consecutive axles that is not an axle group;

(g) a gross vehicle weight in excess of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating.

Nova Scotia has an extensive list of weights related to different axle combinations and axle spacing available at: https://demo.oversize.io/regulations/axle-weight-calculator/nova-scotia

Nova Scotia Trip and Fuel (IRP / IFTA) Permits

Single Trip Fuel Permit

Instead of obtaining motor fuel tax licensing under IFTA, carriers that operate qualified motor vehicles and who want to enter Nova Scotia may elect to satisfy motor fuel use tax obligations by obtaining a single trip permit.

A qualified motor vehicle does not include recreational vehicles.

Nova Scotia single trip permits are sold by Permit Companies who have been approved by Nova Scotia to issue and collect the applicable single trip fuel permit fee.

The permit is valid for 5 days or to the end of the trip.

Where can you get this Permit?

  • 730 Permit Services Inc. - (613) 657-1244     
  • B.i.M Consulting Inc. - (506) 432-6840          
  • Nova Permits & Pilot Cars - (800) 567-7775  
  • Permicom Permits Services Inc. - (800) 749-6058     
  • Permits Cda - Permis Cda Inc. - (800) 361-5757        
  • Electronic Funds Transfer LLC - (866) 351-2435        
  • Dynamo Express Truck Permits Inc. - (581) 742-6718           

Where can you get further information?

Phone: 902-424-6300 or if that is long distance, 

call 1-800-565-2336 (toll-free) and press 5 for tax information

Temporary Permit (30 Days)

Who Needs This License?

Anyone wishing to operate a non-registered vehicle on a public road in Nova Scotia. (For example, while they are waiting for transfer of ownership documents, etc.) 

Application Forms & Process:

For information on Identification Requirements, please visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles website.

If you are applying on behalf of someone else, you must bring with you a letter signed by the owner of the vehicle, which includes the applicant's name, address and master number, the vehicle description [make, model, year and serial number], and gives you permission to apply for a permit on their behalf. You will also have to provide some proof that that person owns the vehicle, valid safety inspection and a completed Statement of Insurance form.

Waiting Period:

In person: : none

By Mail: 3-5 business days 

This permit is valid for 30 days from date of issue.

Price: (No tax is charged)

$ 13.20

Payment at counter:  cash, Interac debit card, Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card, cheque or money order made out to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. 

Payment by mail:  please pay by cheque or money order made out to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Nova Scotia Overweight / Oversize Fines

The penalty for first offense is two hundred thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents ($237.50). For the second offense the penalty is three hundred fifty-two dollars and fifty cents ($352.50). For the third offense the penalty is five hundred eighty-two dollars and fifty cents ($582.50).

A person, who violates any regulation made under subsection (1) limiting the weights or axle weights of vehicles, shall pay, in addition to any other penalty prescribed by this Act or the regulations, a further penalty of:

WEIGHT                   FINE

5,510 lb. or less       $1.25 for each 110 lb. overweight

5,511 – 11,023 lb.    $2.50 for each 110 lb. overweight

11,024 – 16,534 lb.  $3.75 for each 110 lb. overweight

16,535 or more        $10.00 for each 110 lb. overweight

and, in default of payment of the said penalty, to imprisonment for not more than six months.

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Warning Lights

360º amber warning light required at the front of vehicle conveying load, and on roof of escorts:
Minimum visibility of 300 m (984 ft.) in all directions.

60 to 90 flashes per minute.

Flashing amber lights, visible from a distance of 150 m (492 ft.), are required on extremities of loads exceeding 3.65 m (12 ft.) in width, or 27.5 m (90 ft.) in length, on front overhangs exceeding 100 cm (3 ft. 3 in.).

Minimum mounting height is 1.5 m (5 ft.) from the highway.

More than one light may be required to provide 360º visibility around the vehicle.

"D Panel" Signs

Must be legible at least 125 m (410 ft.) must be displayed as follows:
(a) On FRONT and REAR of vehicle when width exceeds 3.05 m (10 ft.).
(b) On REAR of vehicle when transporting overlength loads.
(c) On REAR of vehicle when rear overhang exceeds 200 cm (6 ft. 6 in.).
(d) On FRONT of vehicle when front overhang exceeds 100 cm (3 ft. 3 in.).
Or "D" lightbox.

Flag Requirements

Bright fluorescent red or orange flags 40 cm x 40 cm minimum (16 in. x 16 in.) must be at the extremities of all overwidth and overlength loads. Reflective tape is required on both sides of front overhang exceeding 100 cm (3 ft. 3 in.), and rear overhang exceeding 200 cm (6 ft. 6 in.), for night travel only.

Flags, Lights and Banners

The vehicle is not permitted to travel between sunset and sunrise.

The vehicle is not permitted on any two (2) lane road and on any multilane highway in HRM and CBRM between the hours of 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Weekend/Night Travel – Over width travel is not permitted on a Sunday unless authorized for an emergency.

If a load is only overweight it can travel at all times with a permit. Limited travel is allowed after 3 pm on Friday up to noon on Saturday.

Loads over 14’1” high may travel during daylight hours only.

Vehicles 14’1” – 18’ wide and/or 75’-102’ long may not travel between the hours of 7:00 – 9:00 am and from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Loads 12’ – 18’ wide and/or 82’ – 130’ long cannot travel on any highway after 3:00 pm on Fridays, on Saturday, Sunday, or on any holiday as previously noted.

Holidays – The vehicle is not permitted on any highway after 3:00 pm on any Friday, and after noon hour on any Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.

Nova Scotia Tire Regulations

No one is allowed to drive on the highway when snow or ice is on the surface unless snow tires or tire chains are installed on the tires of the driving axle. It is permissible to use on vehicles moved on a highway at any time, and on any other motor vehicle moved on a highway between the 15th day of October in any year and the 31st day of May in the next year following, a pneumatic tire fitted with metal studs provided that

(a) the studs do not protrude more than one-eighth of an inch from the tread or traction surface of the tire;

(b) the diameter of each stud inclusive of the stud casing does not exceed one-half of an inch;

(c) there are not more than 130 studs in any one tire used on a vehicle having a registered weight of less than 10 000 lbs. or more than 175 studs in any one tire used on a vehicle having a registered weight of 10 000 lbs. or more;

(d) studs used in tires on the left hand side of a vehicle are equal in number to studs used in tires on the righthand side of the vehicle; and

(e) the studs are securely and safely embedded in the tire in such manner as to not cause damage to property or constitute a hazard to the safety of any person using the highway.

The studs cannot be longer than ¼ inch from the base of the tire or have a diameter of more than a ½ inch.

Nova Scotia Frost Laws

Spring Weight Restrictions

Please note that spring weight restrictions are no longer in effect.

Some roads, including 100-series highways, are exempt from the restrictions. Follow the link for a list of allowable weights and list of exempt roads.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is pleased to offer up Spring Weights Road Restrictions application. This application provides a graphic representation of the seasonal restrictions for all provincially owned roadways. Follow the link below to access the application

Nova Scotia Annual Permits

No public information on annual permits, only on single trip permits.

Nova Scotia Road Conditions

The government and the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association remind you that a moment's inattention could cost a life!

Fines are doubled and demerit points are assigned to driver's records for speeding in work zones. Fines start at $348.95 and can rise to more than $2,400 depending on other factors.

Drivers have a role to play, too:

  • Watch for construction zones
  • Use caution
  • Slow down
  • Obey construction zone signs
  • Obey traffic-control people

Nova Scotia Manufactured Houses and Mobile homes

No public rules and regulation in regards to mobile home transport.


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