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Permits and Registration

Special Permits are required for the operation of a vehicle or combination of vehicles, object, structure or load that exceeds the weight or dimensions specified in the Vehicles Regulations.

To operate a commercial motor vehicle that is not

  1. registered in Newfoundland and Labrador, or
  2. registered with the International Registration Plan opens new window (IRP) for Newfoundland and Labrador, you must obtain a single trip commercial vehicle registration.

Out Of Province Vehicles

Any qualified motor vehicle that is not registered in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador must either

  1. register with the International Fuel Tax Association opens new window (IFTA), or
  2. obtain a fuel tax single trip permit.

Vehicles Registered in Newfoundland and Labrador

Any qualified motor vehicle that is registered in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and that will be traveling outside the Province must either

  1. register with the International Fuel Tax Association opens new window (IFTA), or
  2. obtain a fuel tax single trip permit from the applicable jurisdictions where travel will occur.

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Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulations

To be registered in Newfoundland and Labrador, as required, a vehicle must meet the axle configuration requirements as stipulated in the Vehicles Regulations of the Highway Traffic Act.

In Newfoundland and Labrador limitations for vehicle weights and dimensions are found in the Vehicles Regulations under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), and based on the vehicle type and axle configuration

Prohibited Vehicles Section 9 of the Vehicle Regulations

Standards respecting vehicle weight and dimensions limits in Atlantic Canada.

Summary of vehicle weights and dimensions limits by configuration.

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National Safety Code Carriers/Motor Carriers

  • Facility Audits
  • Carrier Compliance Booklet
  • Hours of Service
  • Carrier Safety Rating - Threshold Levels
  • Log Books
  • Carrier Registration Form
  • Regulations

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Salvage Vehicles

The Stolen and Wrecked Vehicle Monitoring Program is a national program designed to ensure consumer protection and public safety by:

  1. preventing the registration of stolen vehicles using the VIN (vehicle identification number) of a vehicle written off, which is falsely declared to have been rebuilt; and
  2. ensuring the mechanical fitness of all wrecked vehicles that are genuinely rebuilt.

Please see the Stolen and Wrecked Vehicle Program page.

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Cargo Securement

Cargo Securement Regulations fall under the authority of the Highway Traffic Act and must be followed by all vehicles operating on public roadways in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Who does cargo securement apply to, how is cargo safely secured, cargo securement system, capacity use, vehicle structure and examples of securing devices.

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Common Forms

Name
Certificate of Insurance
Certificate of Cancellation/Expiry of Insurance
Application for a Certificate of Appointment as a Licensed Official Inspection Station
Application for Amendment to Official Inspection Station Certificate
Application for Motor Carrier Certificate
Carrier Registration Form

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Regulations

See the Motor Registration Division Legislation page for links to the Highway Traffic Act and the regulations under it.

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Other Links

Transportation Safety Standards

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance opens new window (CVSA) is a not-for-profit organization, established to promote an environment free of commercial vehicle accidents and incidents. They establish transportation safety standards for motor carriers, drivers, vehicles, and inspectors through compliance, education, training, and enforcement programs.

Information on Commercial Vehicles in Other Provinces

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