Nova Scotia
Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Inspection Division
P.O. Box 156
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2M4
PHONE:(902) 424-5536

Hours of Business

7:30 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 on all routes
– Width: Over 12‘(3.66m) up to 16’4” (5m) 1 Front on single lane roads, 1 Rear on multi-lane roads
– Width: 16’ 4”(5m) to 18’ (5.5m) 1 Front and 1 Rear on single lane roads, 1 Rear on multi-lane roads (daytime travel)
– Width: 10’ (3.05m) to 12’ (3.66m) 1 Front on single lane roads, 1 Rear on multi-lane roads (night travel);
– Width: Over 12’ (3.66m) to 18′ (5.5m)bsp; 1 Front and 1 Rear
– Height: No escorts required for height.

Consult your permit to determine when escorts are needed.

SUPER LOADS

Loads exceeding 18’ (5.5m) wide, 98 ‘5” (30m) long and 16’ (4.88m) high.

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

Loads up to 18’ (5.5 m) wide can travel Saturday, Sunday and holiday mornings until 12:00PM (noon).

No peak time restrictions on multi-lane highways for loads up to 18’ (5.5 m) wide.

Loads exceeding 18’ (5.5 m) wide or 98’ 5” (30 m) long have special times of movement between 12:01AM to 6:00AM or 3:00AM to 9:00AM as stated on permit.

No travel for loads over 12’ (3.66 m) wide after 3:00PM on Fridays.

No Sunday restriction for loads up to 12’ (3.65 m) wide.

Night travel is allowed up to 18′ (5.5 meters) wide.

No peak time restrictions for log loads up to 98’ 5” (30 m).

Restricted travel

No overwidth or overlength movement shall be made within the boundaries of a city or town unless the approval of the traffic authority of the city or town is obtained prior to movement.

No vehicle over 14’1″ (4.3m) high shall move within the boundaries of a city or town unless the approval of the traffic authority of a city or town is first obtained prior to the movement.

A following distance of 600m must be maintained when an overwidth, and/or overlength vehicle is preceded by another overwidth, and/or overlength vehicle.

Overwidth and/or overlength vehicles are not permitted on any highway during adverse road and weather conditions, or when visibility is reduced as to create a hazard.

It is the responsibility of the mover to contact the power and telephone company officials and prior to the move, if over 14′ (4.3m) high. The vehicle must also stop before entering all underpasses to check the clearance, and if determined there is adequate clearance they may continue at slow speed.

If vehicle is over 11’9” (3.6m) wide and 14’1” (4.3m) high and is traveling over the Canso Causeway the mover must contact RCMP in order to avoid any inconvenience to the motoring public.

All overwidth and overlength vehicles must observe traffic and shall pull off the road and allow traffic to pass when traffic begins to accumulate behind the movement.