Municipal Roads - Weight Enforcement

Year: 2019

Number: 17-19M

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

Midterm: Yes

WHEREAS roads are a valued asset of the people of the Province of Saskatchewan;


WHEREAS the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI) implements spring road bans to reduce weights and protect their valued asset from damage;


WHEREAS municipalities have an option to follow the MHI spring road bans, opt out, or implement their own;


WHEREAS the Government of Saskatchewan has highway traffic officers trained in weights/measures and enforcement;


WHEREAS the highway traffic officers’ duties have recently expanded to other enforcement on behalf of the province;


WHEREAS municipalities are finding it impossible to get MHI traffic officers to conduct weight enforcement on municipal roads;


WHEREAS municipalities are told to hire their own Community Safety Officer (CSO) and train them in weights and measures;


WHEREAS even if hired by a municipality, a CSO is limited with respect to tools they may carry in often confrontational situations;


BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to mandate their highway traffic officers to be more receptive and involved with assisting municipalities enforcing overweight loads being hauled on municipal roads.

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