Make Way for 9 Axle Logging Trucks
Prince George, B.C. – In the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, forest companies are travelling farther than before to harvest merchantable timber. To make that more economical, nine axle trailers are being introduced.
The extra six axles can increase the gross vehicle weight by 16% to up to 71 tonnes. It means trucks will make fewer trips to and from a mill.
Because the load limit is increased, special reviews will need to be done on those public roads on which the trucks plan to travel to ensure they can stand up to that kind of pressure. An initial trucking route that has been approved is in the Vanderhoof-Fort St. James area. The approved route provides access to the Fraser Lake, Plateau and Isle Pierre sawmills. There are four nine axle trailers being used on that route, and have been cleared to operate on the forest service roads in that area by the Ministry of Forests Operations engineers.
The Province estimates as many as 800 nine axle trailers could be incorporated into logging operations in B.C. That could translate into savings of up to $40 million dollars in transportation costs for the forestry sector.