9 Axle Trucks Under Review
Prince George, B.C. – Although a 9 axle logging truck configuration could carry heavier loads, the impact on roads should be less.
That’s the word from Forest Practices Innovation and Canfor, as they made a pitch to Prince George City Council on what the next steps should be to receive approval. for access to Canfor facilities in Prince George.
A 9 axle configuration could increase the load by 6 to 7 tons, to a maximum of 49 tons said David Scott of Canfor. He says with longer loads, there would be fewer trucks on roads in the area of the City, estimated to be a decrease of 35 to 40 loads per day and savings in fuel costs in the area of $4 million per year.
Allowing 9 axle trucks would increase competitiveness for the forestry companies, especially at a time when duties and tariffs are about to be levelled and when companies have to go further out in order to get to merchantable timber.
The new configuration means the vehicles would only be 8 feet longer than existing 8 axle rigs, would have a higher braking power per ton, and would have virtually the same turning radius said Matt Campbell of Canfor. He says with the weight more evenly distributed across more tires, the impact on the roads is actually reduced by about 5%.
The 9 axle configurations are being operated with the proper longer load permits. Right now, there are only 4 such rigs operating in the province. The City has the authority to allow such rigs on specific routes.
Council has made, and approved a motion to have the matter passed over to Administration for further discussion and recommendations.