Key Changes

The Highway Traffic Board and Motor Transport Board will be dissolved when The Traffic and Transportation Modernization Act (TTMA) takes effect on March 1, 2019.

Many of the boards’ functions are eliminated, including requirements for public hearings. The minister of Infrastructure, the department or local traffic authorities assume some board functions.

The Highways Protection Act and The Highways and Transportation Act are replaced by The Transportation Infrastructure Act.

Other acts including The Highway Traffic Act, The Drivers and Vehicles Act, The Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation Act, The Provincial Railways Act and The Provincial Offences Act are amended.

Regulations related to these acts were also amended and repealed.

Highway traffic


Limited access highways and control lines


Manitoba Infrastructure will establish limited access highways (i.e. provincial trunk highways and provincial roads) and adjust control lines and circles adjacent to limited access highways. 

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Permits for accesses and structures adjacent to limited access highways


An online permit application is available to the public. Manitoba Infrastructure will issue permits for accesses and structures adjacent to limited access highways. New permit application fees go into effect March 1, 2019.

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Private advertising signs

An online permit application is available to the public. Manitoba Infrastructure will issue permits for private advertising signs adjacent to highway right-of-ways. New permit application fees go into effect March 1, 2019.

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Speed limits

Municipalities and local authorities have authority to set speed limits on municipal roads through bylaws as specified in the Traffic Authority Speed Limit Regulation. Contact your municipality or local authority to request a speed limit change on a municipal road.

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Manitoba Infrastructure sets speed limits on provincial highways, provincial roads and roads within unorganized territories. The minister is authorized to designate restricted speed areas where the default speed limit is 50 km/h. Municipalities can override that default limit through bylaws on municipal roads.

Municipalities and local authorities may go online to request speed limit changes on provincial roadways.

In order to confirm community interest and support, citizens are encouraged to contact their municipality or local authority to request a change to a speed limit on a provincial roadway.

Traffic control devices


A new Traffic Control Devices Regulation prescribes traffic control devices approved for use in Manitoba. Learn more

Residential parking bans

Municipalities can impose an overnight residential parking ban without erecting signs at any time, provided conditions set out in the regulations are met (i.e., 24 hours notice through a media release before imposing a ban) set out in the Highway Traffic (General) Regulation.

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Motor transport

Operating authority for short line rail


A superintendent of railways will issue licences to short line railway industries.  Railways will submit an application directly to the superintendent of railways.

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Operating authorities


With elimination of the Motor Transport Board, operating authorities are no longer required to provide inter-municipal bus transportation services. However, existing requirements to hold a Safety Fitness Certificate and comply with a number of safety-related regulations will continue.

Vehicle categories


Vehicle categories have be simplified under The Highway Traffic Act. Registration classes and usage-based insurance classifications continue to be set by regulation. Public services vehicle trucks and commercial trucks classifications are integrated.

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Vehicle equipment

Vehicle equipment requirements under The Highway Traffic Act have been updated and clarified in regulations, to reflect changes in vehicle technology.

Light vehicle inspection fees for a vehicle safety are no longer mandated in regulation.

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The regulation also includes new tow truck lighting allowances and requirements.

Limiting for-hire carriers’ liability

A new Bills of Lading and Uniform Conditions of Carriage Regulation ensures the continued requirement for carriers to use bills of lading as a means to limit liability for goods shipped by carriers.

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