Get an axle lift trailer permit

  • Find out if you need an axle lift trailer permit
  • How to apply
  1. Find out if you need an axle lift trailer permit

    The Government of Yukon has banned axle lifts as load-bearing axles under most circumstances. This is done to protect Yukon's roads from unnecessary damage.

    Some manufacturers are now:

    • manufacturing new trailers with a new generation of axle lifts; or
    • retrofitting older trailers with a new generation of axle lifts.

    If your trailer has 1 of these new axle lifts, you can apply for the axle lift trailer permit.

    How axle lifts work

    Axle lifts connect to the trailer air system. These axles:

    • automatically lower when weight is added to the trailer; and
    • cannot be lifted once the trailer is loaded.

    What are the benefits

    • Improve fuel economy.
    • Reduce tire wear on axles that can be raised.
    • Allow for financial savings.
    • Are environmentally friendly.
  2. How to apply

    You must call us. We'll ask you for:

    • information about the weights and dimensions of your freight; and
    • a phone number where we can reach you while you're travelling.

    Depending on your vehicle's load weight and dimensions, it could take us at least 3 business days to prepare your permit.

    A carrier compliance officer at the Whitehorse or Watson Lake weigh stations will complete and issue your permit.

    Whitehorse Weigh Station

    In person: 91,444 Alaska Highway (kilometre 1,420.2) in Whitehorse. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    Phone: 867-667-5729
    Email: weighstation.whitehorse@gov.yk.ca
    Fax: 867-393-6408

    Watson Lake Weigh Station

    In person: kilometre 976 Alaska Highway in Watson Lake. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    Phone: 867-667-5729
    Email: weighstation.whitehorse@gov.yk.ca
    Fax: 867-393-6408

    What documents do you need?

    Before we can issue you with a permit, you will need to provide us with:

    In some cases you will need to provide the following. The carrier compliance officer will let you know if these are needed:

    • lease agreement;
    • copy of bill of lading;
    • copy of valid vehicle ownership such as a bill of sale; and
    • if you are carrying dangerous goods you need a current Dangerous Goods Training Certificate to be carried as well.