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British Columbia DOT Permit Regulations for Oversize/Overweight Load Flags/Banners/Signs/Lights, Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Travel is permitted 24/7 when dimensions do not exceed any one of 10’6″ wide, 14’6″ high, or 82’ long. Any dimension that exceeds these is limited to daylight hours only, no Sunday travel, and no travel during the summer (last Friday in June until second Monday in September) after 2:00 pm on Friday and Saturday until 4:00 am the next day.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

"Wide Load" or "Oversize Load" sign for oversize Loads:
Size: The panel must be 1.5 meters by 0.3 meters.
Letters: Must be black on a yellow background and the “Wide Load” letters must be 20 centimeters high, 3 cm stroke.
The panel must have a 9.5 mm black border at the panel’s edge."
Or a sign on the front of the power unit and on the back of the load:
Measuring 2.45 m (8 ft) by 0.3m (10 in.) high, the letter "D" in the center, 20 cm (8 in.) high, Series E.
The white portions of the sign or rigid area must be white with a good reflective quality.
The red portions of the sign or rigid area must be red and painted with the transparent red paint used for stop signs.

Flag Requirements

Flags on an oversize vehicle or load shall be red, be mounted on all 4 corners or projections of the vehicle or load, and either be a minimum size of 30 cm square, or be in strips that are not more than 3 cm in width, not less than 45 cm in length and that cover an overall width of not less than 15 cm.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

All trucks that are hauling oversize or overweight loads must have a strobe, flashing or rotating amber light mounted to the roof that is visible from 360 degrees at a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). Warning flags must be replaced with warning lights at the extremities of the load during the night.

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Vehicle Weight and Dimension Limits in British Columbia

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in British Columbia?

Height: All Categories: 4.15 m (13 ft 6 in.)
Width: All Categories: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in.)
Maximum Length - Length including load does not exceed:
Straight Truck 12.5 m (41 ft)
Semitrailer 16.2 m (52 ft 6 in. ft)
Truck-Full Trailer Combo 25 m (82 ft)
Truck-Pony Trailer Combo 23.5 m (77 ft)
Category 1A: Tridem Drive 23.5 m (77 ft)
Category 2: A Train Double 26 m (85 ft)
Category 3: B Train Double 26 m (85 ft)
Category 4: C Train Double 26 m (85 ft)
Gross Combination Weight does not exceed:
Tractor Semitrailer
57,100 kg (125,800 lb.)
Tridem Drive
52,300 kg (115,200 lb.)
A Train Double
53,500 kg (117,900 lb.)
B Train Double
63,500 kg (140,000 lb.)
C Train Double
60,500 kg (133,300 lb.)
Straight Truck (Tridem)
24,000 kg (53,350 lb.)
Truck - Pony Trailer (Tridem) 68,200 kg (60,200 lb.)
Truck - Full Trailer
63,500 kg (140,000 lb.)
Note: The axle weight does not exceed the weight limit for each axle type, and the load shared between axles in a group must not vary by more than 100 kg (2,200 lb.).

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