If you have concerns regarding heavy trucks travelling down residential streets and there are currently no regulation signs posted i.e. "No Heavy Trucks" contact 311 to submit a service request to investigate whether implementation of new regulations is required.

If you have concerns regarding heavy trucks travelling on streets where "No Heavy Truck" signs are posted, contact Toronto Police Service.

Toronto implements several different regulations to address parking and travel by heavy trucks. Under our traffic by-laws a "heavy truck" is defined as:

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A commercial vehicle having a weight, when unloaded, of three (3) tonnes or more or, when loaded, of five (5) tonnes or more, and includes a school bus longer than eight (8) metres and a road building machine, but does not include a passenger vehicle, an ambulance or any vehicle of a police or fire department.

The most common regulation we implement on (predominantly) local residential streets is "No Heavy Trucks". This regulation applies at all times. On some higher capacity roads with predominantly residential properties we will implement a "No Heavy Trucks, 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M." regulation. This time-specific regulation is intended to prevent heavy trucks from travelling on the road in the evening and overnight hours when the noise created by these vehicles is disturbing to residents.

Both forms of this regulation come with a necessary exemption that stipulates the prohibition does not apply to any vehicle actually engaged in making a delivery or a collection from a premises which cannot be reached except by way of a road or portion of road where heavy trucks are prohibited, but they may only travel on that road to the extent that is unavoidable in getting to/from that premises. If this exemption was not in place residents or businesses on that street could not legally receive deliveries or servicing (garbage pick-up as an example).

The intent of the heavy truck prohibition is to prevent heavy trucks from using the street as a cut-through route to avoid traffic congestion on major arterial roads, not to prevent or inconvenience heavy trucks with a legitimate reason from being on the street or in the neighbourhood.

Large vehicles

In some circumstances where a public thoroughfare is too narrow to safely accommodate vehicles of a larger size, we will implement a "No Vehicles Over 2.0 metres In Width" regulation. In most circumstances this regulation is applied in public lanes/alleys where the width is about 3 metres in width and larger vehicles could potentially cause damage to adjacent buildings/properties.

Weight restrictions generally do not apply on any of our public roads. However, a restriction to vehicles less than 5 tonnes is in effect on some roads/bridges along park roads.

Delivery vehicles

The only other regulation directly impacting on trucking/delivery activity is the "No Standing" regulation. No standing regulations are specifically intended to prohibit vehicle from stopping to deliver or pick-up merchandise. No vehicle, regardless of size, making a delivery or pick-up of merchandise may legally stop to do so in an area identified as a "No Standing" zone during the times/days of the week the regulation is in effect.

A vehicle may only stop in these areas to pick-up or drop-off a passenger. Many of the arterial streets in the downtown core of Toronto have a standing prohibition in effect between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday to Friday to enhance transit operations through the city core.

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