Manitoba OKs longer trucks

| Monday, December 04, 2006

The Canadian province of Manitoba will soon permit 20-percent longer trucks on certain highways.

The provincial government will allow an additional hitch of a 6.5-meter trailer, which is about 21.3 feet, behind a conventional 53-foot trailer on a 750-kilometer (466-mile) stretch of Highway 6 between Winnipeg and Thompson.

Maximum gross vehicle weights will not change, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

The government and large motor carriers are touting the measure as a way for shippers to save money.

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