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The Transportation Partnership Program:

  1. Enhances truck safety by controlling routes, speeds, vehicle configurations and driver qualifications.
  2. Supports Economic development in Saskatchewan by allowing the use of larger, more efficient vehicles with higher payloads.
  3. Promotes use of efficient, road friendly vehicles.
  4. Minimizes impact on road infrastructure by encouraging use of pavement friendly technologies and practices.
  5. Ensures taxpayers do not subsidize costs associated with the impact of program trucks on the highway infrastructure by charging partners for any incremental road damage and redirecting those funds back to infrastructure improvements and/or maintenance.

Vehicle weights and dimensions in Saskatchewan are limited by regulation to ensure the safety of the traveling public and to allow the efficient transportation of goods within and through the province.

Transportation Partnership Programs allow shippers or receivers in Saskatchewan to increase productivity through reduced transportation costs by using vehicles which safely exceed current regulated weights and/or dimensions. In exchange for this privilege, partners pay for any incremental damage to provincial infrastructure.


Trucking Partnership Agreements (TPA)

A Trucking Partnership Agreement (TPA) is an agreement between the department and a shipper (origin) or receiver (destination) to allow the movement of goods by trucks that:

a) carry divisible loads
b) exceed regulated weights and/or dimensions
c) make multiple trips and
d) are on defined routes.

Trucking Partnership Programs (TPP) are industry specific; there are specific criteria and conditions for partnership agreements based on the industry involved. Bulk Haul Programs facilitate the movement of bulk commodities such as fuel and gravel, Timber Programs allow the forestry industry to benefit from increased weights and dimensions, Over-dimensional Programs facilitate the movement of loads that exceed regulated lengths or widths. A special Container Transfer Program has been implemented to facilitate the movement of loaded and empty containers to and from rail facilities. Value Added Agricultural Partnership programs allow the agricultural industry to access primary weights on secondary weight highways.

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is also evaluating the performance of roll-coupled hitches.  Under the demonstration project carriers using tri-drive trucks are allowed to pull both pony trailers and full trailers.  The ministry is also allowing carriers to transport additional weight under these configurations. For more information on the roll-coupled hitches please contact the central region.

 

The Trucking Policy and Programs staff also analyze unique vehicle configurations and loadings to ensure the vehicles are able to operate safely on the highway system. A number of recent studies on vehicle dynamics, road impacts and innovative vehicles have been completed for the Ministry and are available for information.

Trucking Program staff would be happy to answer any questions and to assist your company in achieving transportation efficiencies. For further information, please contact Mike below:

Mike Burnett 306 933-8058 

Mike.Burnett@gov.sk.ca

 

 

The movement of bulk products at weights exceeding regulations

The movement of raw and finished timber products to and from the processing facility

For multiple piece loads that exceed regulation length or width

Efficient transport of loaded and empty containers

To bridge the gap to the primary weight system for specific Agricultural Products



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