Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the federal exemption is a win for his province that will make it easier and faster to move the service rigs between provinces.
“Because the federal government regulates traffic between provinces, we have been pressing Ottawa for over two years to align their rules with our pro-growth approach.”
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe also issued a statement, saying the change was "long overdue."
“Western Canadian Energy is not only among the most sustainable in the world, but also among the safest. We should be removing redundant red tape and barriers that impede opportunity for growth,” he said.
The exemption was approved because oil service rigs present a “unique situation” with respect to highway transportation safety, according to the federal government.
“A service rig package operates within a limited radius or within recognized oil and gas fields, and as such, travels short distances on highway and spends 95 percent of its total operating time stationary,” the Transport Canada notice said.
In addition, the two provinces committed that service rigs will continue to have safety checks in place, including having valid permits, regular inspections, and compliance with occupational health and safety requirements.
The exemption will apply in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia.