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New Wider Truck Tires Permitted on Manitoba Roads

March 2, 2015 2:53 PM | News

Wide Tires

New wide-base single tires are now permitted for use on trucks throughout Manitoba. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — New regulations in the province means Manitoba’s trucking industry can now use wide-base single tires that help reduce fuel consumption and improve gas efficiency.

The change in provincial regulations will allow full loads on rigs using wide-base single truck tires on provincial highways that meet national load ratings known as Roads and Transportation Association of Canada (RTAC) highways.

“These changes will have a positive impact on the trucking industry,” said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Kostyshyn. “By lifting weight restrictions now placed on single-tire rigs and allowing full weights with either type of tire, these changes provide industry with the flexibility to choose the type of tire suited for their business with minimal impact on our roads and highways.”

Besides gas efficiency, the tires will include hauling and payload capacity, reduce road noise, improve ride and comfort for operators, and reduce handling and costs associated with tires.

Kostyshyn added the new wide-base tires can now be used at full RTAC weights on RTAC highways. The changes took effect February 27.

— Staff