The Impact

It is not the intent to prohibit the use of non-RTAC vehicles on Manitoba highways. Accordingly, a number of options have been proposed to accommodate those who may be affected by regulatory changes. If you currently operate a non-RTAC vehicle under permit, there will likely be no changes. If your non-RTAC vehicle does not currently require a permit to operate legally, potential changes may include:

Potential Change 1: Adopting new provisions to address specific vehicle types:

Impact: Although not conforming to national RTAC standards, several vehicle types have been identified as unique configurations specific to certain industries, such as end-dump bulk trailers or concrete trucks. These industry specific vehicles can be readily identified and may continue to be accommodated in regulation with provisions that establish permissible weights and dimensions for them.

Potential Change 2: Issuing operating permits:

Impact: Current legislation includes provisions that set out the rules governing weights and dimensions respecting non-RTAC vehicles. Elimination of the non-RTAC provisions from the regulation may result in a requirement for non-conforming vehicles to obtain a permit. While this proposed measure will simplify vehicle standards in MR575/88, some non-RTAC vehicle operators may be required to obtain a permit where none is currently required. This group may be inconvenienced by the time and cost associated with obtaining permits, but the permits will allow non-conforming vehicles to continue operating legally in Manitoba.

Many non-RTAC vehicles currently operating in Manitoba are overweight (OW) or oversize (OS). Since these vehicles already operate under permit, this proposed change will have little effect on the operators of OW and OS vehicles. Many types of permits have permit fees associated with them.

Potential Change 3: Waiving permit fees:

Impact: It may be possible to put in place a new permit policy and an operating permit that would assess no fee for non-RTAC vehicles that are within weight and size standards. All non-RTAC vehicles would be required to obtain this operating permit, unless they are already operating under an OW or OS permit. Waiving fees could be a transitional measure ending at a certain date or could even be adopted as permanent policy.

Benefits

Several benefits are anticipated from the proposed regulatory revision:

  • A less complex system for determining allowable weights should bring greater efficiency in the application and enforcement of policies and regulations as they apply to various vehicle configurations.
  • Greater clarity for industry should be attained when motor carriers want to determine allowable weights and dimensions that apply to their respective vehicles and determine how variances in dimensions affect allowable weights.
  • The elimination of a second commercial vehicle designation (non-RTAC) would result in a significant reduction in the complexity of a renewed automated permitting system. This regulatory rationalization would achieve efficiency in both work effort and cost implications and facilitate movement toward self-issuance of overweight and over-dimensional permits.
  • Increased harmonization with our western counterparts would further reduce barriers that affect efficient transportation of goods across Western Canada.