State Oversize Permits & Escorts Information

Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia Phone Number 902-424-5851

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PERMITS: Permits are valid for three days. Must be ordered prior to entering the province.

OPERATING TIME: Daylight travel, plus night travel is allowed on most other loads, but there may be escort requirements in addition to special lighting. Daylight hours only when height exceeds 14 feet. No Sunday or holiday travel for any overwidth loads.

RESTRICTED TRAVEL: Loads exceeding 12 feet in width or 82 feet in length are not allowed to move 3:00 pm. Friday until Monday morning. Vehicles/loads exceeding 14 feet wide or 82 feet long may not move between the hours of 7:00 – 9:00 am or 4:00 – 6:00 pm.


Tractor Wheelbase: Tractor wheelbase, from center of steer axle to center of drive axles, has been changed to a maximum of 283 inches. This applies as long as the overall tractor trailer length does not exceed 75 feet, the trailer maximum length is 53 feet, and the trailer wheelbase (center of kingpin to center of trailer axle group) does not exceed 41 feet.

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  • 53′ semi-trailer
  • 75′ overall


  • 3′ front
  • 6′ rear

Width: 8’6″

Height: 13’7″


  • Steer – 14,300
  • Single – 20,020
  • Tandem – 39,682
  • Tridem – Depends on axle spacings

Length: 100′

Width: 18′

Height: 15’8″


  • Single: 25,000
  • Tandem: 50,000
  • Tridern: 65,000

Note: loads exceeding these dimensions, allow at least seven working days


Length: Over 82′ – 2 escorts

Overhang: Over 9’9″ rear overhang – 2 escorts


  • Over 10′ – 1 escort
  • Over 14′- 2 escorts

Height: Not specified

Note: Some routes may impose additional escort requirements

SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS: Fluorescent red flags must be at the extremities of the load when width exceeds 9 feet, or overhang exceeds 3′ feet in front or 6’6″ in rear. “D” warning signs at front and rear of vehicle are required when width exceeds 10′, height exceeds 14′, length exceeds 75 feet, or overhang exceeds 3′ in front or 6’6″ in rear.  Amber revolving or strobe warning light is required on cab roof when width exceeds 9′, length exceeds 75 feet, or overhang exceeds 3′ in front or 6’6″ in rear.

Important Notice:
The following is provided for informational purposes only. We do not procure or arrange permits on behalf of carriers or discuss permit and escort requirements for particular shipments. The following links provide general guidelines for oversize permits and escorts for heavy haul shipping by state/province. State regulations are subject to change; If you find inaccurate information, please let us know, and we will update the page accordingly.