Yukon Oversize / Overweight Regulations

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Yukon?

Legal Limits

2.6 Meters Wide

25 Meters Long

4.5 Meters Long

What is considered as "Overweight Load" in Yukon?

  • Single-Unit Vehicle - 12,000 kg (26,455 lb.)
  • Two-Unit Vehicle - 22,000 kg (48,511 lb.)
  • Multi-Trailer Vehicle - 31,000 kg. (68,343 lb.)

Yukon Oversize / Overweight Permits

Yukon Permit Department Contact Information

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Yukon Pilot Cars / Escorts

Escort Vehicle Requirements

When a vehicle is being driven under the authority of an overdimensional permit and the widest part of the vehicle is:

(a) more than 2.6 metres wide, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices:

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, and 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m.

(b) more than 3.04 meters wide, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices: 

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway at not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m, and 
  • “Over-dimensional” signs mounted on both the front and rear of the transporting vehicle.

(c) more than 3.2 meters wide, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices and be escorted as follows 

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m., 
  • “Over-dimensional” signs mounted on both the front and rear of the transporting vehicle, and 
  • one escort vehicle traveling in front of the over-dimensional vehicle.

(d) more than 3.8 meters wide, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices and be escorted as follows 

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m., 
  • “over-dimensional” signs mounted on both the front and rear of the transporting vehicle, and 
  • two escort vehicles, one traveling in front of and one traveling at the rear of the over-dimensional vehicle.

(e) more than 4.9 m. wide, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices and be escorted as follows 

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m., 
  • “over-dimensional” signs mounted on both the front and rear of the transporting vehicle, 
  • two escort vehicles, one traveling in front of and one traveling at the rear of the over-dimensional vehicle, and 
  • a Yukon Government Carrier Compliance vehicle, if required by the over-dimensional permit. 

When a vehicle is being driven under the authority of an over-dimensional permit and the length of the vehicle is 

(a) more than 25 meters long, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices  

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle,
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m.

(b) more than 27.5 meters long, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices as specified in Schedule 3 and be escorted as follows 

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m., 
  • “over-dimensional” signs mounted on both the front and rear of the transporting vehicle, and 
  • one escort vehicle traveling at the rear of the over-dimensional vehicle. 

(c) more than 36 m. long, the vehicle must be equipped with the following warning devices and a manned steering trailer and be escorted as follows 

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m., 
  • “overdimensional” signs mounted on both the front and rear of the transporting vehicle, 
  • two escort vehicles, one traveling in front of and one traveling at the rear of the overdimensional vehicle, and
  • a manned steering trailer to be equipped with windshield, windshield wipers and washers, heater and defrost system, and two way radio communication. 

When a vehicle is operating under the authority of an overdimensional permit and the height of the vehicle is such that overhead wires must be moved, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices and be escorted as follows 

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, and 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m., 
  • “overdimensional” signs mounted on both the front and rear of the transporting vehicle, 
  • one escort vehicle traveling in front of the overdimensional vehicle. 

When a vehicle is being driven under the authority of an overdimensional permit with respect to load extension and the front projection is more than 3 metres beyond the kingpin or more than 6.5 metres beyond the vehicle turn center to the front of the vehicle, or the rear projection is more than 6.5 metres from the center of the rear axle, the vehicle shall be equipped with the following warning devices and be escorted as follows 

  • one or more 360 degree amber warning lights mounted on top of the transporting vehicle, and 
  • square red flags during daylight or clearance lights when required to provide visibility if atmospheric conditions are such that objects on the highway are not plainly visible at a distance of 90 m., 
  • “overdimensional” signs mounted on both the front and rear of the transporting vehicle,
  • one escort vehicle traveling in front of the overdimensional vehicle.

If a vehicle is operating under the authority of an overdimensional permit for any combination of length, width, and height, or load extension, the highest level of warning devices and escort vehicle requirements is required. 

The permit may specify conditions requiring additional warning devices, escort vehicles, or the presence of an officer, or specify the route of travel, or restrict the period of travel to particular days or hours of the day for reasons of public safety.

Yukon Axle Regulations

Maximum Legal Weight Allowed

All Yukon Secondary roads are 100 percent legal axle loading.

North Canol Road:

Gross Vehicle Weight limit in effect - 48,000 kg. (105,822 lb.) No overweight vehicles allowed.

South Canol Road:

Gross Vehicle Weight limit in effect - 41,000 kg. (90,390 lb.) No overweight vehicles allowed.

Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight allowed without conditions:

  • Single-Unit Vehicle - 12,000 kg (26,455 lb.)
  • Two-Unit Vehicle - 22,000 kg (48,511 lb.)
  • Multi-Trailer Vehicle - 31,000 kg. (68,343 lb.)

If under supervision, and following the travel conditions specified below, the Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight may be increased to:

  • Single-Unit Vehicle - 19,000 kg (41,887 l.)
  • Two-Unit Vehicle - 34,000 kg (74,957 lb.)
  • Multi-Trailer Vehicle - 47,000 kg. (103,617 lb.)

Travel Conditions - Maximum Axle Weight for all vehicles:

  • Single Axle - 7,000 kg (15,432 lb.)
  • Tandem Axle - 13,000 kg (28,660 lb.)
  • Tridem Axle - 17,000 kg.(37,478 lb.)

Maximum Permit Weight Allowed

Determining maximum weights allowed on axles that are below minimum spacing requirements. Taking the example above where the legal weight on the drivers plus the single axle has been reduced from 27,900 (61,508 lb.) kg to 25,900 kg (57,099 lb.)

On a Tandem to a Single Axle combination or a Tandem to Tandem Axle combination you would calculate the maximum weight allowed by multiplying the reduced weight 25,900 kg (57,099 lb.)

  • x 1.2 = 31,080 kg (68519 lb.) which would be the maximum weight allowed.
  • On a Tridem to a Tandem or a Single Axle you would calculate by multiplying the reduced weight x 1.15 to get the maximum weight allowed.
On the Permit you would enter these combined weights as a single weight. For example, 25,900 kg (57,099 lb.)would cover legal and 31,080 would cover maximum for the above example and these are the weights that would be entered - 17,900 (39,462 lb.) and 10,000 (22,406 lb.) would not appear on the permit unless the unit was overweight on one set of axles. Then, it would be whichever is greater as it is with all permits.

Yukon Trip and Fuel (IRP / IFTA) Permits

Single Trip Fuel Permit (STP)

  • Applies to any inter-provincial carrier or through carrier that does not have an annual fuel permit must prepay the Yukon fuel taxes by purchasing an STP for each trip into or through Yukon;
  • Is recommended for companies that do 3 trips or less per month, or for those companies that prefer this option over an annual fuel permit;
  • Must be purchased upon arrival at Yukon Highways and Public Works weigh stations at either Watson Lake or Whitehorse;
  • Costs four cents per estimated kilometre to be traveled in Yukon;
  • Required if fuel is purchased while in Yukon, Yukon fuel taxes have in effect been paid twice, and a refund may be obtained, and...
  • An STP refund form (FOT Application 7A) can be obtained at the weigh stations. The form can also be found on the Finance website at: www.gov.yk.ca/forms/forms/2000/yg2348_e.pdf;
  • Upon submittal of an STP refund form, a copy of the STP, and copies of Yukon receipts, the lesser of the fuel taxes or the cost of the permit will be refunded by the Department of Finance;
  • The deadline for filing for STP refunds is 6 years after the date of the STP;
  • If no fuel is purchased while in Yukon, there is no further paperwork to be filed;

Annual Fuel (oil user) Permit

  • is recommended for companies that do more than 3 trips per month into or through Yukon;
  • annual permits can be obtained through Yukon Department of Finance;
  • a $300.00 bond must be posted for an annual permit;
  • a bond is held for life of permit and will be refunded upon voluntary cancellation if the permit is in good standing;
  • quarterly fuel tax returns and any fuel taxes due are required to be submitted to the Department of Finance no later than the 25th day of the month for the preceding calendar quarter;
  • refund of Yukon litre credit may be claimed when a litre credit reaches 5,000 litres or December 31st;
  • a list of active annual fuel permit holders is forwarded regularly from the Department of Finance to the Department of Highways and Public Works weigh stations;
  • emblems are provided to annual fuel permit holders by the Yukon weigh stations upon the first trip through the Yukon and annually on April 1st (for permits in good standing).

View the Fuel Oil Tax Act and Regulations at the following link: www.gov.yk.ca/legislation/legislation/page_f.html 

Temporary Operation Permit

The permit may be issued for personal vehicles or empty commercial trucks having no valid registration (i.e. a license plate from any jurisdiction). Proof of ownership and valid insurance must be provided.

The Temporary Operation Permit can be valid for up to a maximum of 10 days. The expiry date of the permit must not be after the expiry date of vehicle insurance.

Permit Cost is $10.00

Yukon Overweight / Oversize Fines

Any officer may require the owner or operator of a vehicle that is being operated on a highway to submit the vehicle to examination and tests to ensure that the motor vehicle can be operated in compliance within applicable statutes.

No person shall drive a vehicle with a load in, on, or attached to the vehicle on a highway unless the person has done what is reasonable to secure that type of load in the prevailing highway and weather conditions, so that the load or any part of the load remains in, on, or attached to the vehicle.

A person who fails to do properly secure a load or allows a portion of that load to fall off of the vehicle or be a hazard to any other highway user commits an offense.

A person who is guilty of an offense under this Act or the regulations for which a penalty is not otherwise provided is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $500 and in default of payment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months without the option of a fine.

A person who is guilty of an offense (a) for a first offense, to a fine of not more than $200, and in default of payment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 30 days: and (b) for any subsequent offense, to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 60 days or to both fine and imprisonment.

 

 

 

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Warning Lights and Placement

360 degrees Amber Warning Light (one or more): Visibility - Minimum 300 m in all directions; Lens Diameter - Minimum 12 cm at a height of 10 cm above base; Flashing Rate - 60 to 90 flashes per minute; Location - Top of cab on both sides of over dimensional vehicle, no less than 1.5 m above road. 

Clearance Lights: color - Red or amber. Location - Firmly mounted at all four corners, extremities or protrusions of over dimensional load. Red on rear, amber on front. Visibility - Firmly mounted at all four corners, extremities or protrusions of over dimensional load. Red on rear, amber on front.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

A "WIDE LOAD", "OVERSIZE" or "D" banner of 240 cm to 245 cm wide by 30 cm high should be mounted on the over dimensional vehicle such that wording is clearly legible from both the front and rear. Letters: 20 cm high. Material: retro reflective. 

Flag Requirements

Oversized vehicles should have a fluorescent red or orange flag of minimum 40 cm on each side, made of fabric or flexible plastic. The flag should be firmly mounted at all corners, extremities or protrusions of over dimensional load.

Flags, Lights and Banners

Travel is allowed on holidays unless stated otherwise on the permit.

Yukon Tire Regulations

All of the tires, including the spare tire, should have plenty of original tread and no bald spots. Each tire should be inflated to the same pressure, as well as balanced and aligned. Chains are not required for travel in Yukon in winter, but they are recommended to have on hand in case of emergency. There must be minimum clearances between the tires and the vehicle’s fenders, suspension, struts, brake lines to ensure that there is no unwanted contact between chains and/or vehicle components. Tire chains should be installed on the drive wheels of the vehicle according to manufacturer’s instructions. Tires need more than 4 mm (5/32 of an inch) of tire tread for winter driving. Tire width should be 445mm or greater.

  • Tires filled with air will lose 1 PSI (pounds per square inch) for every 5 degree drop in temperature.
  • Under or over inflated tires will not perform properly.

Studded tires have no restrictions and can be used anytime throughout the winter.

Yukon Annual Permits

No information was found for annual permits.

Yukon Road Conditions

These are the guidelines while driving through a construction / work zone;
Be a thinking driver

Make good decisions;

– plan your driving

– predict the scene

– think for yourself

You’re responsible for the safety of your passengers.

Yukon Manufactured Houses and Mobile homes

No published info.


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