More Oversized Equipment on Manitoba Roads

More Oversized Equipment on Roads

WINNIPEG - The government is reminding people, now that warmer have temperatures arrived, to watch for oversized equipment travelling on Manitoba roads.

The province offers some safety reminders:

Farmers and agricultural equipment operators need to:

  • ensure all machinery is equipped with proper lighting, signage and reflectors when travelling on roadways, as required by The Highway Traffic Act;
  • ensure lights, signage and reflectors are visible and clean
  • use a pilot vehicle when transporting oversized agricultural equipment;
  • move equipment during the day on secondary roads whenever possible;
  • ensure equipment fits under power lines and on bridge structures (check width and height); and
  • map out routes before transporting equipment and get appropriate permits from Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Infrastructure when applicable.

Motorists should:

  • slow down when approaching farm equipment as it is often travelling at reduced speeds and taking up a considerable amount of room on the road;
  • pay attention to turn signals and possible lane changes;
  • only pass when it is clearly safe to do so; and
  • be patient.

For more information about moving farm equipment safely, including dimensions when permits are required, click here.

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