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Manitoba Expands Wide-Base Tire Allowance

The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) announced that New Generation Wide Base Tires can now be used at full RTAC weights on RTAC highways in the province.

“Long-haul tractor trailers outfitted with New Generation Wide Base Single Tires can now carry the same weights as dual tires on designated Manitoba highways,” Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief and Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.

“Research shows recent technology gives wide base single truck tires improved characteristics and reduced fuel consumption with minimal effect on the road networks,” said Chief.  “These rule changes will mean greater opportunities for companies that rely on tractor trailers for shipping as operators using this technology will now have access to more markets in eastern Canada and the US.”

Terry Shaw, Executive Director of the MTA welcomed news after many years of advocating for the change.  “Trucking companies interested and able to utilize this technology can recognize significant cost savings through reduced fuel consumption. Of course with less fuel being consumed, less greenhouse gasses are created so the opportunity to promote wider deployment of these tires with this regulatory change is a win economically and environmentally for our industry and province.”

Shaw commended the province, as well as the contributions of Providence’s Buller Centre for Business and 50by30.org on their assistance in highlighting the benefits of greater weight allowances for Wide Base Tires.

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