Truck route maps and regulations

A vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 kg (22,064 lbs) must use our official truck routes and truck areas.

If your destination isn't on a truck route, use the shortest route between your destination and the closest truck route.

Heights are approximate. Double check all underpasses if moving over-height trucks or freight.

Location Height in metres Height in feet and inches
1st Ave. at Highway #1 overpass - eastbound 4.80 m 15 feet 9 inches
1st Ave. at Highway #1 overpass - westbound 4.90 m 16 feet 1 inch
2nd Ave. at Cambie Bridge overpass - eastbound 4.95 m 16 feet 3 inches
2nd Ave. at Cambie Bridge overpass - westbound 5.10 m 16 feet 9 inches
Alexander St. at Heatley Ave. overpass - eastbound 4.50 m 14 feet 9 inches
Alexander St. at Heatley Ave. overpass - westbound 4.60 m 15 feet 1 inch
Boundary Rd. at SE Marine Dr. overpass - northbound 5.25 m 17 feet 3 inches
Boundary Rd. at SE Marine Dr. overpass - southbound 5.55 m  18 feet 3 inches
Boundary Rd. at pedestrian overpass - northbound 5.85 m 19 feet 2 inches
Boundary Rd. at pedestrian overpass - southbound 6.00 m 19 feet 8 inches
Ridgeway St. Tunnel - northbound 4.90 m 16 feet 1 inch
Ridgway St. Tunnel - southbound 6.25 m 20 feet 6 inches
Cordova St. (private down ramp, west of Granville St.) 3.50 m 11 feet 6 inches
Fir St. at 4th Ave. ramp - westbound 5.30 m 17 feet 5 inches
Fir St. at 4th Ave. ramp - eastbound 5.10 m 16 feet 9 inches
SE Marine Dr. at Knight St. Bridge 4.70 m 15 feet 5 inches
SE Marine Dr. at Arthur Laing Bridge 4.15 m 13 feet 7 inches
Walker St. at Vanness Ave. (SkyTrain) 4.70 m 15 feet 5 inches
Woodland St. at Grandview Hwy. N. (SkyTrain) 4.30 m 14 feet 1 inch
Waterfront Rd at pedestrian overpass (Convention Centre) 4.40 m 14 feet 5 inches
Continental St. at Granville Bridge overpass 3.90 m 12 feet 10 inches
Rolston St. at Granville Bridge (Seymour St. ramp overpass) 3.85 m 12 feet 8 inches
Wall St. at McGill St. overpass 4.18 m 13 feet 9 inches
N. Skeena St. at Highway #1 overpass 4.44 m 14 feet 7 inches

Truck regulations

Engine breaks can't be used in Vancouver, except for emergency purposes.

Maximum weights for vehicles traveling within Vancouver (without special permits):

  • Gross single axle weights no greater than 9,100 kg or 10,000 kg if operating as part of the public transportation system
  • Gross vehicle weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles, in an axle unit (single axle, tandem axle, tridem axle, or a similar group of axles,) can't exceed the gross weight in Schedule A of the Truck routes and truck areas guide PDF (270 KB)
  • Gross weight on any wheel no greater than 110 kg per cm of width of pneumatic tire
  • Gross vehicle weight can't be in excess of the licensed gross vehicle weight
  • Gross vehicle weight must be less than the load limits applicable to or posted on any bridge or structure

Dimensions for vehicles traveling within Vancouver:

  • Total width no greater than 2.6 m (8’6”)
  • Total height no greater than 3.81 m (12’6”) on any street or 4.12 m (13’6”) on any truck route
  • Total length (inclusive of load and front and rear bumpers) no greater than:
    • 12.5 m (41’) for a single vehicle
    • 23 m (75’3”) for a vehicle with one trailer
    • 25 m (82’) for a vehicle with two trailers

Vehicles exceeding any of these dimensions must obtain a permit. 

Vehicles with a boom, crane, or similar projection may only operate on city streets when the projection is:

  • Less than 3 m (9’10”) high and no greater than 1 m beyond the vehicle
  • More than 3 m (9’10”) and less than 4.3 m (14’1”) above the ground, projecting no greater than 3.7 m (12’1”) at max speed of 30 km/h
  • Equipped with lights to allow the projection to be seen from the front and the sides

Truck drivers are required to:

  • Make sure all loads are securely fastened and tarped
  • Remove any material that has fallen from their truck onto the road
  • Contain any firewood in a box, and make sure the firewood doesn't protrude more than 30 cm (1 foot) above the top of the box
  • Inspect their truck to make sure no loose rocks or debris are on the vehicle or between the dual wheels

Know the rules

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