Unregistered towed conveyances must be included in the registered gross vehicle weight on a vehicle’s registration certificate when weight exceeds 5,000 kg. Buses registered for municipal transport and school buses are exempt from this requirement as these vehicle classes are rated based on the number of passengers and not the weight. The weight of towed farm equipment will continue to be exempt from having to be displayed under the towing vehicle’s registered gross vehicle weight.
Unlike other heavy vehicle classes, the registration fees for Classes PS and PC are based on passenger capacity rather than gross vehicle weight.
Questions and Answers
How will this affect registration and insurance costs?
Declaring the actual weight of the truck and towed conveyance will result in an increase in registration and insurance fees.
Who was consulted with before making this decision?
SGI consulted with industry stakeholders before making this change, including Saskatchewan Building Movers Association, Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association, Saskatchewan Trucking Association, and the Saskatchewan Construction Association.
What do other jurisdictions do?
Saskatchewan was the only western jurisdiction (within the New West Partnership region) that did not require the weight of registration exempt towed conveyances to be included in the registered gross vehicle weight of the towing unit.
What is the penalty if these regulations are not being adhered to?
One of 2 charges could be laid:
- A lesser charge for exceeding registered gross weight; or
- A charge with a mandatory court appearance where the fine is set by a judge.
What if I registered my vehicle before the new regulation and I haven’t included the weight of my unregistered trailer?
Law enforcement is encouraged to launch soft enforcement to allow customers to come into compliance.