Highways and Public Works

Carrier Compliance Permits

  • Application Process
  • Fuel Permit
  • Through Freight Permit
  • Temporary Operation Permit
  • Axle Lift Trailer Permit
  • Front Axle Overload Permit
  • Freight Vehicle Permit - Hauling for Hire
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  • Freight Vehicle Permit - Own Commercial Goods
  • Freight Vehicle Permit - Escort Vehicles
  • Freight Vehicle Permit - Buses
  • Bus Permit
  • Weigh Station Exemption Permits
  • Overweight Vehicle Single Trip Permit
  • Overdimensional Vehicle Trip Permits
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    Transport Permits

    Carrier Compliance issues a number of permits, some of which are on behalf of other departments of the Yukon Government.

    There are two types of permits:

    Regular Permits
    These permits are issued for a specified fee which varies from permit to permit. Forms of payment are Visa/MC/American Express or Cash, all permits must be paid for at the time of issuance.

    Special Permits
    These permits are issued under Highways Regulations, Section 23(3). There is no fee for these permits.

     Non-Tac Configuration Permit  

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    Application process

    All permits can be completed and issued by a Carrier Compliance Officer at either the Whitehorse or Watson Lake Weigh Station.

    When applying for this permit, the applicant will be required to supply the following information before the permit will be issued:

    • Copy of valid vehicle insurance     • **Copy of bill of lading
    • Copy of valid vehicle registration     • **Copy of valid vehicle ownership
            (i.e. bill of sale)
    • Valid driver’s licence     •  Lease agreement (when required)

     * If carrying dangerous goods a current Dangerous Goods Training Certificate must be carried as well.

    ** Please note: not required for all permits

    ***Important — Carriers must call ahead with all information concerning weights and dimensions and ask for a travel number. Depending on load weight and dimensions, analysis might be required that will take at least 3 business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays) to prepare.

    Permits may be issued at Weigh Stations, at roadside inspection sites.

    Phone: (867) 667-5729 or 1-800-661-0408 local 5729 (toll free within Yukon) 
    Fax: (867) 393-6408
    Email:  weighstation.whitehorse@gov.yk.ca  or  weighstation.watsonlake@gov.yk.ca

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    Freight Vehicle Permits

    A Freight Vehicle Permit temporarily registers a vehicle in the Yukon to carry on a commercial venture. This permit is issued to carriers in the following categories:

    • Buses
    • Business
    • Escort Vehicles
    • Hauling for Hire
    • Own commercial goods

    *If carrying dangerous goods a current Dangerous Goods Training Certificate must be carried as well.

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    Fuel Permit

    Fuel Permit Information 

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    Through Freight Permit

    A Through Freight Permit temporarily registers a vehicle in the Yukon to haul or escort goods through the Yukon only.

    This permit is issued when a commercial vehicle does not have a valid Yukon vehicle registration and is transporting goods through the Yukon. There can be no loading or unloading of goods within the Yukon. This permit is valid for a one way trip only. Cost is $60.00.

    Escort vehicles are also issued this permit when they have no valid Yukon registration and are escorting a load through the Yukon. Cost is $60.00.

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    Temporary Operation Permit

    The permit may be issued for personal vehicles or empty commercial trucks having no valid registration (i.e. a licence plate from any jurisdiction). Proof of ownership and valid insurance must be provided.

    The Temporary Operation Permit can be valid for up to a maximum of 10 days. The expiry date of the permit must not be after the expiry date of vehicle insurance.

    Permit Cost is $10.00

    *Note: During regular work hours, please go to Motor Vehicles for private vehicles only.

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    Axle Lift Trailer Permit

    Yukon government has banned lift axles as load bearing axles unless they are eligible to be grandfathered. A number of manufactures are now manufacturing new trailers or retrofitting older trailers with a new generation of lift axles.

    These axles connect into the trailer air system and automatically lower when weight is added to the trailer and these axles cannot be lifted once the trailer is loaded.

    Industry would like to use trailers equipped with axle lift devices because they improve fuel economy and reduce tire wear on axles that can be raised. Aside from financial savings, these axles are also considered environmentally friendly.

    New lift axles permits can be applied for trailers equipped with these new lift axles.

    Application to apply for the Axle Lift Trailer Permit

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    Front Axle Overload Permit

    The Special Permit is available to all vehicle owners that can demonstrate that the front axle of their vehicle has a manufacturer’s rating that exceeds Highways Regulations, Section 13 provided the vehicle is also equipped with tires capable of carrying the weight that meets or exceeds the manufacturer’s rating for the front axle.

    The special permit does not increase the allowable gross vehicle weight for that vehicle.

    Application to apply for the Front Axle Overload Permit 

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    Freight Vehicle Permit - Hauling for Hire

    Is issued to a company hauling goods into or out of the Yukon; or point-to-point within the Yukon for compensation with no Yukon registration. Permit is valid for a one-way trip only.

    This permit is completed and issued by Carrier Compliance Officer at either the Whitehorse or Watson Lake Weigh Station; therefore, no application form is available to fill out. 

    *If carrying dangerous goods a current Dangerous Goods Training Certificate must be carried as well.

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    Freight Vehicle Permit - Own Commercial Goods

    Companies that haul their own product, be it equipment, windows, tires, etc. with no valid Yukon registration into or out of the Yukon, or point-to-point within the Yukon require a Freight Vehicle Permit. This permit is good for a one-way trip only. An officer may request proof of ownership (bill of lading, etc.) when he/she feels it is required.

    *If carrying dangerous goods a current Dangerous Goods Training Certificate must be carried as well.

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    Freight Vehicle Permit - Escort Vehicles

    When escorting loads into or out of the Yukon, or point-to-point within the Yukon they must purchase a Freight Vehicle Permit if they have no valid Yukon plate.

    A private Yukon plate is sufficient if piloting their own personal goods as long as they must meet the requirement for escort vehicles under Highways Regulations, Section 3.

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    Freight Vehicle Permit - Buses

    When dropping off, picking up, or hauling passengers point-to-point within the Yukon with no valid Yukon registration they require a Freight Vehicle Permit.

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    Bus Permit

    Permits for Buses not registered in the Yukon are issued as follows:

    • Buses with a capacity of over 10 passengers including the driver: Buses going through the Yukon are required to purchase a $25.00 bus permit. They may stop over in the Yukon for as many days as they like as long as they do not discharge or pick-up passengers while in the Territory. Motor Vehicles Act Regulations - Section 15(1)(k)
    • Buses without Yukon registration that are picking up or dropping off passengers in the Yukon: Require a freight vehicle permit at $60.00 plus $3.00 per tonne based on actual vehicle weight. Motor Vehicles Act Regulations - Section 15(1)(h)

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    Weigh Station Exemption Permits

    Highways Regulations require all commercial vehicles over 4500 kilos to report to a weigh station within city limits. We recognize that requiring local vehicles to repeatedly report is an inconvenience for industry and is unnecessary and costly to both government and industry.

    A provision was added to allow a special Weigh Station Reporting Exemption Permits to be issued with specific terms and conditions when the Minister determines that it would be both safe and not cause excess road damage for the carrier to operate and regularly bypass the weigh station when operating within 20 km of a weigh station.

    There were also provisions added to the Highways Regulations which allow the Minister to:

    • Refuse to issue a permit when the carrier has failed to demonstrate compliance with other permits or legislation/regulations relating to transportation, or when the carrier has not paid fees or fines owing to YG.
    • Cancel a permit for non-compliance with permit conditions or with provisions of the Highways Act or Highways Regulations.

    These provisions ensure that only compliant carriers are provided with the opportunity to qualify for this permit, and that they remain compliant even after getting the permit.

    The application for a Weigh Station Exemption Permit

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    Overweight Vehicle Single Trip Permit

    Overweight Vehicle Single Trip Permit Information 

    ***Important — Carriers must call ahead with all information concerning weights and dimensions and ask for a travel number. Depending on load weight and dimensions, analysis might be required that will take at least 3 business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays) to prepare.

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    Over-dimensional Vehicle Trip Permits

     

    An overdimensional vehicle permit is required for all vehicles that exceed legal limits established by Highway Regulation, Section 18(1) which refers to the overall dimensions for each vehicle type listed in Highway Regulations, Schedule 2, Part 1 – Dimension Limits. This means that these permits may be issued for vehicles, buses and farm vehicles or implements.

    There are a few exceptions to this overdimensional vehicle permit, as listed below:

    • Fire-fighting equipment or other equipment driven by or for government, in response to an emergency, or;
    • Vehicles registered as farm vehicles under the Motor Vehicles Act, or are towed farm implements exempt from registration under the Motor Vehicles Act, and are being driven between one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset.

    ***Important — Carriers must call ahead with all information concerning weights and dimensions and ask for a travel number. Depending on load weight and dimensions, analysis might be required that will take at least 3 business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays) to prepare.

    Permits may be issued at: Weigh Stations, at roadside inspection sites,

    Phone: (867) 667-5729 or 1-800-661-0408 local 5729 (toll free within Yukon) or
    Fax: (867) 393-6408 or
    Email:  weighstation.whitehorse@gov.yk.ca 

    Carriers wanting to move several over-dimensional loads may choose to purchase a Multiple Trip Permit. The application for these permits may be approved only if driving the vehicle on the highway will be safe, and will not cause excessive damage to the highway.

    Over-dimensional Vehicle Permit information

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    Contact Transport Services

    Government of Yukon
    Department of Highways and Public Works
    Box 2703 (W-17)
    Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6

    Phone: (867) 667-5832
    Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5832
    Fax: (867) 667-5799
    Email: road.safety@gov.yk.ca