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Truck Route Signs

What are they?

Truck Route SignsTruck Route signs are installed to restrict truck traffic from using certain streets and roads in order to protect the physical structure of the roadway itself, as well as to protect residential neighborhoods and other areas not well suited to the size, noise and nuisance factors associated with large trucks.

What are the issues?

Truck drivers are not always willing to remain on designated routes when other routes are more advantageous, therefore the designated truck route system has to address the needs of the trucking industry. Large areas without a designated truck route are open to unrestricted truck traffic. Complaints from the public regarding illegal truck traffic are common. Enforcement of truck route violations is very time consuming and labor intensive for police, especially when violations are infrequent and alleged violations are unfounded.

When and where do we install them?

Under HRM by-law T-400, no street is a truck route unless so designated by appropriate signs. Truck Route signs are installed at intersections where truck drivers may have the option of choosing more than one route to reach their destination. The signs will have directional arrows and may also indicate the time of day that trucks are permitted on a given roadway. Since only a small percentage of streets and roads are designated truck routes, the by-law prescribes that permissive rather than restrictive truck route signs shall be used to designate where trucks are allowed. This permissive sign system is much more cost effective, easily conveys the message to the drivers, and prevents the proliferation of restrictive signs on all roadways which are not truck routes.