Manitoba vows crackdown on oversized trucks

| Monday, July 09, 2007

Truckers in Manitoba may see a crackdown on overheight loads that damage overpasses.

According to media reports, Stan Struthers, the province’s acting minister of infrastructure and transportation, is threatening legislation that would increase the penalties for drivers and companies.

The threat follows a series of incidents in which over-height trucks hit bridges.

In one case, the Highway 9 overpass at the North Perimeter Highway was shut down for at least two months after a truck with a hydraulic crane damaged the structure – even though the overpass was equipped with a high-tech overdimension warning device.

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