Implements of Husbandry

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When moving agricultural equipment (implements of husbandry), the four methods of movement may be as follows:

  • towed behind farm tractor
  • towed behind licensed truck or truck tractor
  • self-propelled
  • towed behind a licensed truck or truck tractor on a trailer

Towed Behind Farm Tractor

When a farm tractor is towing an implement of husbandry for farm purposes including repair, current regulations exempt the vehicle from width limitations. However, legal length and height limits apply, and permits for exceeding these are required.

Towed Behind a Licensed Truck or Truck Tractor

When an implement dealer tows an implement of husbandry to or from a farmer, or when farmers do this themselves, they are not required to have a permit for exceeding the normal allowable width (2.60 m). They are subject to meeting the height and length provisions the Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highways Regulation M.R 575/88 (PDF) and must obtain a permit for exceeding these dimensions.

Note: Dealer to dealer moves require overwidth permits and are subject to the standard conditions pertaining to the movement of oversize loads. Escort vehicles are required when a load is over 4.6m in width in these situations.

Self-Propelled

When a farmer operates a self-propelled implement of husbandry or farm tractor on a highway for agricultural purposes or repair, it is not required to have a permit for exceeding the legal allowable width (2.60 m). This also applies to movements between dealers and farmers. The move is however subject to length and/or height restrictions and permits for exceeding these are required.

Towed behind a Truck or Truck Tractor on a Trailer

When an over-dimensional implement of husbandry is loaded on a trailer and is being moved to or from a farmer, a permit is required. This type of movement is subject to all applicable over-dimensional permit policies. However, there is a concession made respecting the use of escort vehicles. Loads up to 6.10m in width are only required to have escort vehicles when they protrude over the centerline of the road. On a two-lane highway, this escort must lead the truck and load. On a four lane divided highway, if the load protrudes over the centerline of the two lanes, the escort must follow the load. If at any time the load protrudes into the adjacent lane, an escort vehicle is required.  

Please refer to Manitoba Regulation 575/88 (PDF) as amended, from time to time for specific details on legal size weights and dimensions control.

Escort vehicles must be equipped as per Part IX of the Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highways Regulation - M.R. 575/88 (PDF)

Please contact Permit Services at (204) 945-3961 or toll free at 1-877-812-0009 for your specific permit requirements.

Questions concerning the lighting and marking requirements on agricultural equipment should be directed to Vehicle Standards and Inspections at 1-204-948-0920 or toll free at 1-866-323-0542.