Res #: 9-06A
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Highways & Transportation
Resolution No. 9-06A
WHEREAS, B-Train truck and trailer units are permitted to haul primary weights during the winter weight season on primary and secondary highways but not on municipal roads; and
WHEREAS, B-Train truck and trailer units are an important method of grain transportation during the winter season in Saskatchewan;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to amend The Vehicle Weight and Dimension Regulations, 1999 to permit B-Train truck and trailer units to haul primary winter weights on municipal roads during winter weight season.
Response from Honourable Eldon Lautermilch, Minister of Highways and Transportation:
It is my understanding that from discussions between the department and SARM with respect to the municipal bridge infrastructure, the SARM Board of Directors has indicated that their membership may be reconsidering this resolution. While the resolution would be positive, I sympathize with rural municipalities who face the same dilemma the province faces in balancing the benefits of expanding access to primary weights with infrastructure sustainability. It is my understanding that a study to develop a strategic plan for the management of the municipal bridge infrastructure is being undertaken jointly by the department, SARM and the Prairie Grain Roads Program. The results of the study should provide a framework of how to go forward with implementing this resolution.