2017 Manitoba Spring Road Restrictions (SRR) Program

Essential Commodities

It is in the public interest that certain commodities and situations be accommodated even during the spring restrictions period. These Essential Commodities have been separated into two groups: the first group where permits are not required (on the permit exemptions list below), and the second group where permits are required (on the permits required list below). The following provisions provide for limited travel on Level 2 restricted roads while carrying Level 1 weights.

Essential Commodities Provisions

The following provisions apply to both groups mentioned above for moves carrying Essential Commodities.

  1. Inter-city passenger buses, school buses and highway maintenance vehicles (operated by, or on behalf of, a traffic authority) may travel on Level 2 restricted highways at Level 1 restricted weights.
  2. Vehicles transporting Essential Commodities are permitted limited travel on Level 2 restricted highways at Level 1 restricted weights, under the following conditions:
    1. if the Level 2 restricted highway connects two points on the vehicle’s itinerary that are less than 10 kilometres apart, or if the highway is the most direct route between a point on the itinerary and the nearest highway not restricted to Level 2 and
    2. if the Essential Commodities are transported between midnight to 12:00 noon during the first 14 days of Spring Road Restrictions, or at any time of the day after the 14th day of Spring Road Restrictions.

Vehicles travelling empty – prior to picking up Essential Commodities or after having delivered them – may travel at any time of the day on Level 2 restricted highways while carrying Level 1 weights, as long as the trip complies with condition 2(a) above.

Permit Exemptions List

Permits Required List

The following commodities will not require a permit when transported under the conditions described earlier and specified in the Spring Road Restrictions Bulletins.
  • livestock feed in transit as follows:
    • grain en route from producer to processor;
    • unprocessed grain required for feed; and
    • processed livestock feed
  • hay for feed intra-provincially
  • livestock in transit
    • to or from market or pasture, or
    • as the result of a sale
  • drinking water
  • bulk milk
  • seed in transit to supplier, farm or field
  • groceries
  • pharmaceuticals
  • fuel
  • fertilizer
  • municipal refuse in transit to the nearest landfill site, and
  • equipment and materials required for emergencies including forest fires, floods, train derailments, pipeline spills, etc.
  • medical waste, blood products and blood services.
The following commodities will require a permit from Manitoba Infrastructure. Permits may be issued only to prevent undue hardship or for economic necessity.
  • grain to satisfy grain quotas or contracts
  • potatoes or vegetables from producer to processor
  • irreducible loads of heavy construction or industrial machinery
  • pregnant mares urine
  • fish
  • crude oil

*Other request for permits will be considered, at the discretion of the department, in situations where it is determined to be in the public interest.

"Exemptions by Permit Only" Routes

Exemptions by Permit Only signs will be posted under the standard "65% of Normal Axle Loads" signs, on certain roads listed in the Spring Restrictions Order. A road may be designated as Exemptions by Permit Only where there is more than one access road to a community or location exists. No axle weights in excess of 65% of normal (legal) axle weights will be allowed, including Essential Commodities Provisions, without a permit. In emergency situations, the department may issue permits.