Alberta
Motor Transport Branch
4th Floor Provincial Building
4920 51st Street
Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 6K8
PHONE: (403) 342-7138

Hours of Business

Hours of business: Mon-Fri 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM | Sat & Sun 7:15 AM - 3:30 PM (Mountain time)

Escorts

When escorts are needed # of escorts
Length: over 111’6″ (34m) up to 124’6” (38m) 1 Rear
Length: over 124’6” (38m) up to 137’8” (42m) 2 (Front and Rear)
Length: over 137’8” (42m) daylight travel only 2 (Front and Rear)
Width: over 12’7” (3.85m) 1 Front on single lane, 1 Rear on multi-lane
Width: over 18’ (5.5m) 2 (Front and Rear)
Height: Pole cars not used in AB. Loads higher than 17’4” (5.3m) must contact utilities company
*

Notes:

  • *View high load corridor routes
    website
  • Consult your permit to determine when escorts are needed

SUPER LOADS

Any amount over 198,000 lbs. is considered a super load. Anything over 286,000 lbs. requires a
diagram as well as the axle spacings and axle weights.

Escort vehicle requirements can differ significantly by province in terms of mandatory driver
qualifications, training, certifications, vehicle weights, obligatory signage/flags/lighting,
necessary onboard equipment, and more. The ODS team can provide you with all additional
requirements specific to your route.

Operating Times

Daytime/daylight travel is from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset

Weekend travel

Saturday travel is permitted until 3:00 PM on Saturday as per permits. No Sunday travel.

Restricted travel

When vehicle is more than 12’5″ (3.80m) wide the vehicle shall not be operated on a highway from 3 PM
to midnight on a Friday or a day preceding a statutory holiday or on a Sunday or a statutory
holiday.

Vehicles over 14’5″ (4.40m) wide must travel during daylight only.

Special permits are not valid for transport over a road in a city or a hamlet with a population in excess of 10,000 persons unless prior approval has been granted by the highway authority having jurisdiction over the road.