Grain farmers won’t have to worry about load restrictions on Alberta highways this spring, thanks to an exemption from the province.

Starting in April, anyone moving grain from storage to elevators will be able to get a free permit to haul at 100 per cent axle weight.

The province says it wants to do all it can to keep grain moving during the backlog, and argues relaxing road bans is the “right thing to do”.

The special permits will be available from Alberta Transportation until the end of June.

Road bans are currently in place on all gravel roads in both the City and County of Grande Prairie to avoid damage during the spring thaw.