Order re Temporary Suspension of Trucking and Transportation Provisions

On April 28, 2020, Manitoba released Order in Council 107/2020, which provides regulatory relief to the trucking industry during the COVID-19 Pandemic. A number of provisions were brought in to assist the transportation industry move goods and services efficiently, including:

International Registration Plan (IRP): cab cards expiring between April 28 but before July 31, are valid until July 31. Carriers are still required to ensure that they maintain a valid Manitoba registration.

Annual overweight/overdimensional permits: Manitoba/Winnipeg/Brandon annual permits expiring between April 28 but before July 31, are valid until July 31.

Periodic Mandatory Vehicle Inspections (PMVI): PMVI safety inspection decals and certificates expiring between April 28 but before July 31, are valid until July 31.

Safety Fitness Certificates (SFC): SFC expiring between April 28 but before July 31, are valid until July 31.

Vehicles of Non-residents: Schedule C of the order suspends s37(2) of The Drivers and Vehicles Act until July 31. This enables non-Manitoba commercial trucks to travel into/through the province without the need to acquire a single trip registration permit, or be covered under IRP. The carrier must be in compliance with the laws of the base jurisdiction of their registration (i.e., hold valid registration/insurance there).  Also, new Manitobans who exceed the 90-day limit to register and insure their vehicle after becoming a resident of Manitoba will now have until July 31, 2020 to do so.

Temporary Validity of Out of Province Driving Permit: normally valid for the first three months after becoming a resident of Manitoba; now valid until July 31 (if that exceeds the initial three months).

Driving of Overweight Vehicles Prohibited: section 175(1) of The Highway Traffic Act is suspended beginning March 20 and ending July 31. The section specifically regards exceeding the registered gross vehicle weight (RGVW). Carriers will not be required to obtain single trip permits to increase RGVW during this period. Carriers still must comply with the limits set in Vehicle Weights and Dimensions on Classes of Highways Regulation (MR 155/2018), in terms of prescribed gross axle/vehicle weights on classes of highways, as well as tire, axle and trailer load limits set by the manufacturer, as well as any posted weight restriction.