New Brunswick
Overweight and Oversize Loads
Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5H1
PHONE: (506) 453-2982

Hours of Business

8:15 AM - 4:30 PM (Atlantic time)

Escorts

When escorts are needed # of escorts
– Length: Over 90’2”(27.5m) 1 Rear on single lane roads
– Length: Over 98’5” (30m) 1 Rear
– Width: Over 12’ (3.66m) 1 Front on single lane roads or 1 Rear on multi-lane roads
– Width: Over 16’ (4.88m) 2 (Front and Rear) on single lane roads
– Width: Over 10’ (3.05m) to 12’ (3.66m) 1 Rear if travelling at night
– Height: No escort required for height

Consult your permit to determine when escorts are needed.

SUPER LOADS

A load with a weight around 72,000kgs (158,400 lbs) is usually considered a super load, depending on destination.

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

All permits are valid for daytime travel Monday to Friday, and additional travel times as noted below:

  • Daytime means travel is permitted from sunrise to sunset. Nighttime travel means travel is permitted from sunset to sunrise. Sunrise and sunset times will be those established by the National Research Council for the location of the vehicle.
  • Unrestricted weekend travel and unrestricted hHoliday travel means the same conditions that apply from Monday to Friday also apply to the weekend and to the Holiday.
  • Restricted weekend travel means that travel is not permitted after 3:00PM on Friday or after noon on Saturday and Sunday. Travel is permitted from sunrise to noon only, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Restricted Holiday travel means that travel is not permitted after 3:00PM the day before the Holiday nor after noon on the Holiday. Travel is permitted from sunrise to noon only, on the Holiday.

Night, weekend & holiday travel
Loads not exceeding 3.05 m (10 ft.) in width, 30.0 m (98 ft. 5 in.) in length and 4.27 m (14 ft.) in height may also travel at nighttime and are permitted unrestricted weekend travel and unrestricted holiday travel, on all highways.

Loads not exceeding 3.65 m (11ft 11 in.) in width, 30.0 m (98 ft. 5 in.) in length and 4.27 m (14 ft.) in height may also travel at nighttime on multi-lane divided highways only and are permitted unrestricted weekend travel and unrestricted holiday travel on all highways.

Loads not exceeding 4.88 m (16 ft.) in width, 30.0 m (98 ft. 5 in.) in length and 4.50 m (14 ft. 9 in.) in height are permitted restricted weekend travel and restricted holiday travel, on all highways.

Loads not exceeding 5.50 m (18 ft.) in width, 30.0 m (98 ft. 5 in.) in length and 4.50 m (14 ft. 9 in.) in height are permitted restricted weekend travel and restricted holiday travel, on multi-lane divided highways only.

Loads outside of the parameters listed above are not permitted to travel at nighttime, weekends or on holidays.

Travel at nighttime is not permitted for any vehicle with a GVW exceeding 62,500 kg (137,789 lbs.) or for any vehicle with a GVW less than 62,500 kg that requires traffic control.

Additional time restrictions may also be stipulated.

Restricted travel

Permits do not release the holder from responsibility for damages caused as a result of the conveyance of permitted loads.

Permits shall be carried in the vehicle or combination of vehicles conveying the load and is subject to inspection and revocation by a Peace Officer.

Operators of vehicles conveying load must not permit the accumulation of vehicles behind load such that the normal flow of traffic is impeded. Operator must slow down, pull over, stop or otherwise allow vehicles to pass.

Operators of vehicles conveying load must maintain at least 500 m (1,640 ft.) between other vehicles conveying loads.

Permits are not valid when highway conditions make it dangerous to convey permitted loads and in any event if visibility is less than 300 m (984.3 ft.)

Permits are not valid for conveyance of loads upon highways, roads or streets within the jurisdiction or control of a municipality.

When the height of the load exceeds 4.88 m (16 ft.) the permit holder must contact utilities at least three days in advance of the move regarding clearance of overhead wires.

Permits do not authorize vehicle component manufacturer’s ratings to be exceeded.