Winter Road Permit Conditions

NOTE: PERMIT REQUIRED – contact Permit Services at 204-945-3961 or 1-877-812-0009 to request a permit for winter road travel

  1. Travel is prohibited on any closed winter road.
  2. The maximum posted weight must not be exceeded.
  3. When traveling in the same direction on ice roads, all vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight over 7,000 kg must be spaced 1km apart and should not pass each other. Travel just right of the centre of the roadway, however, when approaching oncoming vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight over 7,000 kg on ice roads, reduce speed and yield centerline to the heavier vehicle when it is safe to do so. Vehicles must not travel within 5 meters of the snow storage bank or edge of the ice road.
  4. When traveling on land roads and meeting another vehicle, a driver must reduce their speed and yield centerline to the heaviest vehicle, when it is safe to do so.
  5. All vehicles must not exceed the maximum speed of 40km/h when travelling on a land road.
  6. Vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight over 7,000 kg, must not exceed 15 km/h when travelling on any ice road. Speed must be reduced when approaching the shoreline.
  7. Stopping, parking, unloading or storing freight on any ice road is prohibited.
  8. All vehicles must be driven with extreme caution at all times.
  9. Separate permits must be obtained for tandem steer or tridem drive vehicles or when moving oversize and/or overweight loads. To apply for a permit contact the Motor Carrier Permits and Development’s Permit Services office at 204-945-3961 or Toll Free 1-877-812-0009.
  10. Citizen band radios (CB Channel 1) are required.
  11. Any accidents involving injury and/or dangerous goods must be reported immediately to Manitoba Conservation, Environmental Accident Reporting Line at 204-944-4888 and the local RCMP office. Assistance and cleanup in the event of an accident is the responsibility of the carrier. An emergency contact list is available at
  12. A carrier must immediately cleanup and/or remove any general freight, debris or equipment, for which it is responsible, from an ice road or land road.
  13. All winter road permit holders are required to submit a form stating the balance of their shipments, near the end of the winter road season. The form, “Winter Road Freight Haul Sheet, is available online at (PDF, 9 KB)
  14. On CB channel one, drivers must announce/transmit their identification, location and direction of travel at each kilometer marker. For example, Fuel tanker, northbound, at KM 50.