News release

Special Move Permits Available for Forestry Sector

Forestry contractors looking to move wood or forestry equipment over short distances can apply for a special move permit while spring weight restrictions are in place. This is a short-term measure to help keep people in the forestry sector working.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will allow some use of provincial roads on a case-by-case basis, based on road and weather conditions. Persisting and overnight colder weather, below zero degrees Celsius, would support safe transport.

The Forestry Transition Team has raised spring weight restrictions as a significant issue and has endorsed this plan.

The department will continue to monitor road and weather conditions to determine how long it can accept applications from the forestry sector.

For inquiries on the permitting process, contact the Operations Contact Centre at 1-844-696-7737.

Quick Facts:

  • decisions will be made based on local road and weather conditions
  • weight restrictions on heavy vehicles are necessary during the spring thaw to protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather
  • some roads, including 100-series highways, are exempt from the restrictions

Additional Resources:

The Special Move Permit application form is available at: https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/drivers/special-move-permits.asp

For a complete list of restricted and exempt roads, go to: https://novascotia.ca/tran/trucking/springweight.asp

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