This area outlines the Log Haul Program which allows weights and dimensions greater than Commercial Dimension and Weight Regulation AR315/2002 to qualified Alberta mills.
Note: This electronic service is meant to be a simplified guide to certain parts of the acts and regulations, and not a substitute for them.
Alberta Transportation, Transport Engineering Branch, is not responsible for any omissions in the following documents. It is the responsibility of the transporter to consult the regulations for the exact requirements before moving shipments.
Guide to Log Haul in Alberta
Guide to Log Haul in Alberta (pdf 7 MB)
The Alberta forest industry continues to make a significant contribution to the provincial economy. Approximately 200,000 loads of logs are transported on Alberta's highways to Alberta mills annually during the period when winter weights are in effect. This does not include those loads transported off-highway or during the period when winter weights are not in effect.
Alberta's forest industry depends on the safe and efficient movement of logs to processing mills throughout the province. In Alberta, vehicles transporting logs have raised some concerns with industry, enforcement officers and the government regarding the overall state of mechanical safety, driver fitness and the securement of loads. An increase in knowledge and coordination between all interested groups can do much to promote safety in the transportation of logs.
This guide has been prepared to assist mills, contractors, carriers, drivers and enforcement in the safe transportation of logs throughout Alberta. The main objective of developing this guide is to aid these groups in operating logging trucks efficiently and safely through building an understanding of the legal requirements of Alberta, thus improving compliance. The use of this guide should increase knowledge with regards to permitting and log haul requirements resulting in a more efficient and safe operation.
Specifically this guide was developed to provide:
- An overview of the Winter Weight Agreement (This Agreement has been replaced effective Oct 15, 2014 by the Dimension and Weight Agreement for the Movement of Raw Forest Products)
- A better understanding of permitting, configurations, winter weight allowances and regulated weights for logging trucks
- Familiarity with reproducing and distributing maps
- A knowledge of what documentation is required
- Encouragement to carriers, drivers and mills to abide by legislation and safe operating procedures
Every effort has been made to ensure the information in this guide is accurate at the time of preparation. However this material is intended to serve only as a guide and cannot replace first-hand information such as specific legislation.
The material in this guide is not intended to constitute a training "course" in any subject area covered. However, it may form part of a larger training program.
Corrections, comments and suggestions can be submitted to:
Forest Products Transportation Specialist
401, 4920-51 Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 6K8
Phone: 403-340-4957 (toll free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000)
The reader is invited to reproduce all or part of this document; however, at no time should the information contained here be altered in any way nor used in a manner that would change the intended meaning of the material or its accuracy.