The Government of Saskatchewan is synchronizing it’s wide base single tires program with Ontario.
In a release, the province says harmonization of the program, which is being expanded and made permanent, is in relation to a memorandum of understanding signed by Premier Scott Moe and Ontario Premier Doug Ford to improve internal trade across the country.
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“The goal was to find regulations and stuff that we could get more in line with across provinces,” said Highways Minister Lori Carr. “This was a great example of where we could bring our standards up to where Ontario is, Manitoba is already there.”
This WBST program applies to all 12-month primary weight highways and allows permitted trucks to increase the weight on wide-based single tires, 455 mm or wider, from 3,850 kg to 4,250 kg per tire.
According to the release, over 60% of what Saskatchewan produces is shipped to more than 150 countries.
Carr also noted the tires will use about 10% less gas, which in turn curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
“That is great for the company because it reduces their bottom line.”