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      Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Traffic Officer checking the scales

What is the Highway Transport Patrol?

The uniformed Highway Traffic Officers are responsible for ensuring that goods move safely across Saskatchewan's highway network and for maintaining a competitive regulatory environment for all carriers.

Highway Traffic Officers are appointed special constables pursuant to the Saskatchewan Police Act, 1990 and have the authority to enforce federal, provincial and municipal statutes relating to road transportation and the licensing, registration and operation of vehicles.

Officers have the authority to stop and complete vehicle weight and safety inspections, enforce speed limits and other rules of the road.

Duties of a Highway Traffic Officer:

  • check weight and dimension restrictions
  • conduct vehicle checks on and off highway
  • check documentation and permits on commercial vehicles
  • inspect cargo and cargo securement
  • check safety equipment and inspection certificates
  • check dangerous goods commodities being transported
  • check driver's license and vehicle registrations
  • assist motorists in time of need
  • enforce provincial and federal rules of the road

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Toll-free Inquiry Line
Email: Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inquiries
Phone: 1-866-933-5290 or 306-933-5290 (outside of Saskatchewan)
Fax: 306-933-5276
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, except statuary holidays.

Transport Investigation Unit (TIU) investigates violations within the road transportation industry (trucks and buses). TIU also performs hours of service audits, weight audits and manages the Shipper Liability Program. In addition, the office maintains an inquiry phone line and provides educational presentations to carriers and drivers.

Technical Standards develops and implement's operational policies and procedures specific to commercial vehicle enforcement. It coordinates branch administrative functions, officer training programs and correspondence.

The Highway Transport Patrol Officers operate police vehicles which contain special equipment to weigh and inspect vehicles.

Driver's of commercial vehicles are limited in the number of hours they can drive. Saskatchewan has provincial hours of service regulations.

Saskatchewan is a member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), as are the other provinces and territories in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Big trucks have blindspots - and to stay safe, you need to avoid them. The No-Zone refers to blind spot areas around big trucks where crashes are most likely to occur.

Air brakes out of adjustment constitute the major defect type that results in vehicle being taken out of service (40%).

This is a basic guide for permits that are required for the movement of loads exceeding the legal limits.

The steering committee for Saskatchewan's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) represents the best in police work; individuals working together, inspiring others to achieve a common goal.

Have you ever considered a career as a Highway Traffic Officer?  Learn more here.

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