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Nova Scotia DOT Regulations for Oversize/Overweight Load Flags/Banners/Signs/Lights, Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

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Nova Scotia Oversize / Overweight Regulations

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

The vehicle is not permitted to travel between sunset and sunrise as determined by the National Research Council at http://hiaiha.
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.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

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.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

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.

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Weights and Dimensions of Vehicles Regulations

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

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)

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