Professional Driver's Handbook

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Special cargos

A vehicle, whether loaded or empty, that is used primarily for the purpose of transporting any petroleum product or a liquid that is flammable or explosive, shall be brought to a stop at all uncontrolled railway crossings. The vehicle should stop as far to the right as possible and not less than 5 m (15 ft.) from the nearest rail.

Note: For detailed load security information, please contact your nearest Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure office.


The driver of a vehicle engaged in the transportation of livestock is responsible for ensuring that such transportation is in compliance with the conditions outlined in the Criminal Code, the Animal Identification Act concerning registered brands, the Animal Products Act and the Livestock Inspection and Transportation Regulations. The onus of keeping the vehicle clean and not overcrowded is on the driver.

Cruelty to livestock is prohibited. No person, while transporting livestock or other animals in a motor vehicle, shall:

  • by negligence or ill-usage in the transportation thereof, cause or permit any damage or injury to be done to the livestock or other animals;
  • transport the livestock or other animals in such a manner or position as to cause unnecessary suffering to any of them by overexposure to heat or cold; or
  • transport various classes of livestock unless separated by a partition.

To balance themselves, animals tend to shift back and forth, and to the side while they are standing in a moving vehicle. It is important to take curves carefully, for the sake of the animals as well as the vehicle.


Rev: 2017