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Prince Edward Island Oversize / Overweight Regulations

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Prince Edward Island?

Width: 8 ft 6 "
Width on Interstates: 3 ft per side for safety equipment
Height 13 ft 6"
Length: 53 ft (Trailer)
Legal Overhang: Front 3 ft, Rear 6 ft

What is considered as "Overweight Load" in Prince Edward Island?

WEIGHT - Roads except Interstates
Axle - 10,100 kg (2,400 lb.)
Tandem Axle - 18,100 kg (40,000 lb.)
3-Axle - 29,900 kg (66,000 lb.)
4-Axle - 33,250 kg (73,280 lb.)
5-axle - 36,300 kg (80,000 lb.)
WEIGHT - Interstates
Axle - 10,000 kg (22,200 lb.)
Tandem Axle - 15,400 kg (34,000 lb.)
3-Axle - 24,500 kg (54,000 lb.)
4-Axle - 33,500 kg (74,000 lb.)
5-axle - (36,300 kg (80,000 lb.)

Prince Edward Island Oversize / Overweight Permits

Prince Edward Island Permit Department Contact Information


Prince Edward Island Pilot Cars / Escorts


Loads over 12 feet (3.66 m) require one lead pilot on a single lane highway.

Loads over 16 feet (4.88 m) require one pilot and one trail on single lane highways.

On a multi-lane highway one trail vehicle is required for all loads over 12 feet (3.66 m). Loads exceeding10 ft. (3.05 m) or up to 12 feet (3.66 m) may travel at night with a trail vehicle on multi-lane highways.

Escorts are not required for loads that are only high.


Loads over 90 feet (27.5 m) on single lane highways require a trail vehicle. Loads up to 98 feet 5 inches (30 m) are permitted night travel on multi-lane highways. Loads over 98 feet 5 inches (30 m) require a trail vehicle on all highways.


Front overhang exceeding 10 feet (3.05 m) require one lead pilot vehicle on all highways. Rear overhang exceeding 10 feet 3.05 m) – required one trail vehicle on all highways.

Prince Edward Island Axle Regulations

Maximum Legal Weight Allowed

Axle Type


Spread Range

Weight Limit

1. Steering

Straight Truck Tractor


8000 kg (17636 lb.) 7250 kg (15,983 lb.)
5500 kg (12,124 lb.)  

2. Tandem Steering Axle**

Straight Truck

1.2 m to 1.85 m

16 000 kg (35.273 lb.)

3. Single (other than steering axle)

Single Tires Dual Tires


6000 kg  (35,273 lb.)
9100 kg  (20,062 lb.)

4. Tandem Axle

(including tandem equivalent axles)

Truck, Tractor or Trailer

less than 1.2 m 1.2 m to 1.85 m

9100 kg  (20,062 lb.)
18 000 kg (39,683 lb.)

5. Tridem Axle

(including tridem equivalent axles)


less than 2.4 m
2.4 m to less than 3.0 m 3.0 m to less than 3.6 m 3.6 m to 3.7 m

18 000 kg (39,683 lb.)
21 000 kg (46,297 lb.)
24 000 kg  (52,910 lb.)
26 000 kg  (57,320 lb.)

6. Triaxle Axle


3.0 m to less than 3.6 m 3.6 m to less than 4.2 m 4.2 m to 4.8 m

18 000 kg (39,683 lb.)

Maximum Permit Weights

Overweight Vehicle Permits

  • 3 axles - up to 30,500 kg (67,240 lb.)
  • 4 axles - 30,500 kg (67,242 lb.) up to 43,000 kg (94,798 lb.)
  • 5 to 7 axles - 43,001 kg (94,800 lb.) up to 56,000 kg (123,458 lb.)
  • 6 to 8 axles - 56,001 kg (123,458 lb.) up to 64,000 kg (141,095 lb.)
  • 7 to 9 axles - 64,001 kg (141,097 lb. up to 72,000 kg (158,732 lb.)
  • 10 or more axles over 72,000 kg (158,732 lb.)

Maximum Allowable Registered Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) – 62,500 kg (137,788 lb.)

Prince Edward Island Trip and Fuel (IRP / IFTA) Permits

Single Trip Permit

Vehicle Registration Requirements:

  • proof of ownership
  • payment of sales tax IRP
  • fuel tax registration
  • identification of registering party

5-day Single Trip Permit is available.

Fuel Permit

You can satisfy motor fuel use tax obligations by obtaining a Single Trip Fuel Permit in each jurisdiction you wish to travel. In Prince Edward Island the Single Trip Fuel Permits are available at the highway scale at the point of entry. You may want to contact other jurisdictions prior to travel for their requirements.

Prince Edward Island Overweight / Oversize Fines

No person shall drive on a highway a vehicle that, including its load and contents, has a height above the surface of the highway greater than 4.15 m without a permit. A person who violates any provision of this Act or any regulation made hereunder, if no other penalty is provided in this Act or the regulations is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.

WEIGHT                               FINE

Up to 20,000 lbs overweight $150.00

Over 20,000 lbs overweight  $300.00

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Warning Lights

All over-dimension loads required a revolving amber light on the cab of the power unit.

"Oversized Load"  Banner

Standard red and white "D" panel or box sign required

Flag Requirements

For all over-width loads, red flags, 40x40 cm, or amber flashing lights on all corners and/or any protrusions greater than 3.05 m wide, 30 m long.

If greater than 3.65 m wide, up to 4.27 M wide, flashing amber lights are required.

Flags, Lights and Banners

Saturday and Sunday travel is allowed.

Travel is only permitted for daylight hours.

Restrictions can vary for overweight moves such as no overweight permits during Spring weight restrictions (indivisible loads only).

Travel is not restricted on holidays.

Prince Edward Island Tire Regulations

Tire chains are permissible.

Studded tires are allowed from Oct. 1 to May 31. Studs should not protrude more than 3.2 mm or 1/8 inches in fraction beyond tire surface. The regulation also notes that studs should not be installed on used or worn tires.

Between the period from October 1 in any one year and May 31 in the next ensuing year, it shall be permissible to use tires on a motor vehicle moved on the highway having on the periphery of the tire studs or protuberances of a material other than rubber but not more than five per cent of the surface of such a tire shall be of a material other than rubber, nor shall such studs or protuberances protrude more than 3.2 mm beyond the tread surface of a tire, provided further that no such studs or protuberances shall be inserted in used or worn tires.

Prince Edward Island Frost Laws

Spring weight restrictions for Island roads typically begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 15.

All-weather roads, such as routes 1 and 2: Vehicles may carry up to their maximum allowable weight - with no overweight exceptions permitted. Other roads: Vehicles may carry 75 percent of their maximum allowable weight.

Posted weight limits: Only the road's posted weight limit is allowed.

Prince Edward Island Seasonal Weight Restrictions:

Prince Edward Island Annual Permits

No public information listed.

Prince Edward Island Road Conditions

Traffic can expect to be delayed due to construction repair operations. Please obey the flagperson’s signal. Speed limits in construction zones must be obeyed at all times, even when workers and equipment are not working. Construction hazards such as bumps, detours, fresh oil and loose gravel may still be present. Drivers should be extremely cautious, reduce speed and do not tailgate, stay as calm as possible.

 1. Avoid Distractions

Distracted driving is not only illegal in Ontario, but are also extremely dangerous.

  • Dedicate your full attention to the road
  • Put away anything that could distract you
  • Limit the number of passengers in your vehicle who can pull your attention
  • Make any adjustments to your GPS, radio, seats, mirrors and AC before you get underway

2. Keep a Safe Distance Between Vehicles

Traffic will slow down as you approach and travel through a work zone. As congestion increases around you, you should make sure to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and those around you.

Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident in construction zones.

3. Adhere to Posted Speed Limits and Other Signage

Follow the posted speed limit and obey all other posted signage in the area.

4. Merge Responsibly

Merging in construction zones is often a serious hazard for motorists. Minimize your risk by merging early and well ahead of where the lane ends.

5. Plan Ahead to Avoid Delays

If you know that your route includes a construction zone, plan ahead and give yourself extra time for your commute.

6. Remain Calm

If you find yourself stuck in construction zone track, remain calm. Becoming angry and aggressive will not help you move through the area any faster, but it could push you to engage in risky actions that put you and the others around you in danger.

Prince Edward Island Manufactured Houses and Mobile homes

No data present.

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