2024 Canada Spring Thaw Regulations

Source: Quebec Ministry of Transport; AJOT; Logfret Canada
Date: 7th March 2024

The Ministère reminds users of heavy vehicles and shippers that the authorized load limits are reduced during the thaw period on all public roads. This is done every year to account for the road network’s lower bearing capacity during this period.

These weight restrictions will apply to all pre-carriage and on-carriage deliveries to and from the province of Quebec performed by truck within the period. The maximum allowable cargo weights are below for your reference.

It is also important to note that the weight restrictions not only apply to the total cargo weight in the container but also to the distribution of the weight over the axles of the chassis. If the weight is not distributed evenly across all axles, the container will then be subject to an axle overloading fine. All charges will be for the account of the shipper.

Start and end dates by zone are subject to change, without notice, depending on weather conditions.

For the thaw period of 2024, the official and predicted dates of the load restriction period for each of the thaw zones are indicated below.

Official dates for 2024
Zone 1
• From Monday, March 4th (00:01) to Friday, April 26th (23:59)

Predicted dates for 2024
Zone 2
• From Monday, March 25th (00:01) to Friday, May 17th (23:59)

Zone 3
• From Monday, April 1st (00:01) to Friday, May 24th (23:59)

Depending on changes in weather conditions, the start and end of the load restriction period can be moved ahead or postponed.

For more details, please do not hesitate to contact Logfret Canada or click here to visit the Quebec Ministry of Transport website for the most up-to-date information.

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