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.
Response From The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure:
January 6, 2020
The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol (SHP) does not have the resources to patrol 26,000 km of Provincial Highway Network as well as over 170,000 km of RM roads. SHP is committed to assist in the training of Community Safety Officers (CSOs) in a variety of commercial vehicle related roles. The CSO program was created so that RMs would have the ability to appoint their own enforcement officers to address enforcement issues of specific concern to RMs.
Greg Ottenbreit - Minister of Highways and Infrastructure