Changing the Designation of Non-RTAC Vehicles

Manitoba is considering removing the non-RTAC designation from the Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highways Regulation(MR 575/88). Motor Carrier Division wants to inform owner-operators of non-RTAC vehicles about potential regulatory changes and discover how this might affect them.

All other Canadian jurisdictions, with the exception of Ontario, have one commercial vehicle standard (RTAC) referenced in their respective legislation. Transitioning non-RTAC vehicles from regulation to a policy-based regime would bring Manitoba in line with its national counterparts, streamlining the permitting process and facilitating a more efficient automated permitting system.

The proposed amendments are based on the following assumptions:

  • Non-RTAC vehicles will continue to operate on Manitoba highways under permit or special provisions set out in legislation.
  • Non-conforming, industry specific vehicles may be allowed to legally operate on Manitoba highways without a permit provided they do not exceed the current permissible weights and dimensions set out in regulation.
  • The requirement for overweight and oversize permits would continue to apply to any vehicle type.

Manitoba is still determining if it is in government’s best interest to remove the non-RTAC vehicle standard from MR 575/88. If the decision is made to remove the non-RTAC standard, this website will keep stakeholders informed of the process and the timelines.

As part of an effort to further minimize any potential issues or concerns to eliminating non-RTAC from the regulation, Motor Carrier Division requests your response to a brief, confidential survey (Link opens in a new window.) available until January 27, 2017.