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Farm equipment based from Alberta highways

Posted on 12 January 2024 by Ryan Dahlman

Editor:

I was moving my air seeder by truck on Highway 3 on June 30, 2022.

I was stopped near Brockett and issued two violation tickets: 1.97 (4) of the Vehicle Equipment Regulation — drive/operate towing unit and two trailers not complying with specified requirements, and 2 (1)(C) of the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation impede or block traffic. 

I pleaded not guilty; both charges were upheld. 

The appeal was held Nov. 9, 2023, and again, both charges were upheld.

I believe this is the result of a new interpretation of the present rules. 

Regardless, I believe that, as of Nov. 9, 2023, it is not legal to move air seeders by truck on Alberta highways. This will impact all of Alberta agriculture.

I have asked the Hon. Mickey Amery, minister of justice, to comment on this new development.

Doug McClelland,

Resident, MD of Pincher Creek

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