The Canadian province of Manitoba will soon try out a
program that will allow a 20-percent length increase for trucks on certain
The provincial government will allow Rocky Mountain doubles
- an additional hitch of a 6.5-meter (21.5-foot) pup trailer behind a
conventional 53-foot trailer - on a 750-kilometer (466-mile) stretch of
provincial Highway 6 between Winnipeg and Thompson.
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation authorized a
year-long pilot program for eight motor carriers for economic and environmental
reasons. An evaluation is due in fall 2007 to determine if the program will be
extended to other carriers.
Gross vehicle weights will not be increased, according to
the transportation ministry, although maximum allowable length would be
increased to 103 feet.
?- By David Tanner, staff writer