News release

Province Reduces Regulatory Burden for Truck and Forestry Industries

Road reclassifications to allow efficient truck axle configurations will help make the trucking and forestry industries in Nova Scotia more competitive.

“The department has worked with the trucking and forestry industries to identify undue regulatory barriers,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “Not only do these changes reduce regulatory burden but they will also decrease greenhouse gas emissions by reducing fuel consumption.”

The change allows B-trains - two trailers linked together by a fifth wheel – to travel on additional roads, enabling the movement of more materials at one time. This configuration reduces damage to roads because the weight is spread out over more axles.

This change represents annual savings of $7 million to the industries. It contributes to government’s $25 million red tape reduction target.

"By making these regulatory changes, the provincial government is providing the conditions to make our sector more competitive,” said Jeff Bishop, executive director of Forest Nova Scotia.

Government expects the change to become effective by next fall.

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Road reclassifications to allow efficient truck axle configurations in Nova Scotia will help make the trucking and forestry industries more competitive.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says the department has worked with the trucking and forestry industries to identify undue regulatory barriers.

The change allows B-trains - two trailers linked together by a fifth wheel – to travel on additional roads, enabling the movement of more materials at one time. This configuration reduces damage to roads because the weight is spread out over more axles.

This change represents annual savings of $7 million to the industries. It contributes to government’s $25 million red tape reduction target.

Government expects the change to become effective by next fall.

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