News release

Special Move Permits Available for Forestry Sector

Forestry contractors looking to move wood or equipment over short distances on provincial roads can apply for special move permits prior to spring weight restrictions taking effect. This is a short-term measure to help keep people in the forestry sector working.

The Department of Transportation will allow some use of provincial roads on a case-by-case basis, based on road and weather conditions. Persisting and cold weather overnight may support safe transport.

Applications are being accepted early to ensure that special move permit applications can be assessed prior to the commencement of spring weight restrictions on Feb. 28. Contractors are encouraged to complete these applications as soon as possible.

The department will continue to monitor road and weather conditions to determine how long it can offer special move permits to the forestry sector. The Forestry Transition Team has endorsed this plan as a way to support 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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