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Old 10-10-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Canadian Mod Laws

i live in BC and it seems our laws here are way more restrictive for moding a vehicle.

I know wheels cannot extend past fenders
Front windows cannot be tinted

One question i had was about bumpers - do front bumpers need to be as wide as the wheels?

I was wondering if this bumper would be illegal -

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i am also pretty sure you cant put on clear light covers like a lot of guys do on this forum.

anything else we should watch out for??
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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I would check with the local police to see if they can point you in the right direction for what is allowed or not, seein they are the ones that will give you the ticket.

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You can also try jeepkings.ca, it's a good site for info like that for us up here.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:16 PM   #4
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Roger thanks!
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:03 AM   #5
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I'm in BC and have never been talked to about my stubby front bumper. When I get stopped at road checks the only thing they mention is the tires sticking out heyond the wheel wells.

Main things I have learned from motor vehicle branch are:

1) u don't need the third brake light which I removed.

2) u Have to have side mirrors

3) u must have some kind of door if it was manufactured with a door.
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:08 PM   #6
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in bc,most police and dot seem to be more concerned with bumper height over width.and raidue,i agree that they are pretty strict on tire coverage.bc law states 2 mirrors facing rearward.either two exterior mirrors or one exterior and your rear veiw.also any jeep built after 86(yj,tj,jk )must have doors on at all times.only cjs offered doors as an option so you dont legally need to run them.
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Hmm interesting, thanks! I guess you can see how far you can push it
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:18 PM   #8
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Pretty much. I think the RCMP have different items they look for specifically and I really think it has a lot to do with how well their day is going.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:01 PM   #9
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So what if you remove the fenders from your jeep, or have a modified fender? That would most certainly leave your wheels sticking far past the 'wheel wells'
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So what if you remove the fenders from your jeep, or have a modified fender? That would most certainly leave your wheels sticking far past the 'wheel wells'
U would pretty much be at the mercy of the cop that pulls u over. Just depends on ur risk tolerance of getting a ticket. It could b months or days. Who knows?

There were 12 or 13 jeeps this summer hen we did the whipsaw and all but 2 or 3 of us got a verbal warning. He liked the jeeps and was having a good day I think.
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I spent some time looking through mod laws last night. I did see a law in the Ontario highway traffic act that states a vehicle must have some kind of fender to prevent wheel spray. So i guess no fender would violate that. Also if your wheels generate to much spray (ie - wheel spacers make the wheels stick way out, or the fenders are to small) you can be ticketed.

I also saw found something stating the third tail light on the back, sideview mirrors, and doors are fine to remove, as well as windshield (however with the windshield youd need at least one rear facing mirror).

I didnt see anything regarding lift laws, bumper laws. That is Ontario only though..
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I spent some time looking through mod laws last night. I did see a law in the Ontario highway traffic act that states a vehicle must have some kind of fender to prevent wheel spray. So i guess no fender would violate that. Also if your wheels generate to much spray (ie - wheel spacers make the wheels stick way out, or the fenders are to small) you can be ticketed.

I also saw found something stating the third tail light on the back, sideview mirrors, and doors are fine to remove, as well as windshield (however with the windshield youd need at least one rear facing mirror).

I didnt see anything regarding lift laws, bumper laws. That is Ontario only though..
Thanks the bc laws had me worried I haven't had doors on in months nd got rid of my tire carrier nd third brake light
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Be careful to check federal reg's as well as provincial. For example 2 mirrors is a federal rule and didn't show up when I searched NS laws.
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In Alberta, your fenders must cover the tire, mudflaps to the axle midpoint, front bumper to midpoint of tires.
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I see a lot of vehicles with illegal mods (such as you guys are describing) and it doesn't look like they get tickets... as they don't take the mods off. Any real crime (or good donut shops) in your area to occupy the police?

Guy down the street has a lift kit, huge wheels and tires that extrude beyond the fenders, aftermarket bumpers and he hasn't had a problem.
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Has anyone ever been troubled in bc for not runnin doors? I ran for almost 2 months in van city with no doors n I ha no issues... Did I fluke out ? Lol
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This is the Ontario mirror laws:

Other equipment

Windshield wiper, mirror

66. (1) Every motor vehicle other than a motorcycle shall be equipped with,

(a) a device for cleaning rain, snow and other moisture from the windshield so constructed as to be controlled or operated by the driver;

(b) a mirror or mirrors securely attached to the vehicle and placed in such a position as to afford the driver a clearly reflected view of the roadway in the rear, or of any vehicle approaching from the rear. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 66 (1).

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Not sure if that conflicts with federal law if there is a different version... Anyone?
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^^ It seems like the rear view mirror is all you would need for (b).
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^^ It seems like the rear view mirror is all you would need for (b).
Yep, just make sure the spare isn't blocking your view and your good as golden!
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There aren't really Canadian/Federal driving or auto laws. Except Dangerous Driving, but you've gotta be pretty wild to get a charge like that.

It's best to google your provinces "Highway Traffic Act"(wording may be different) and search through. Each province is different in terms of driving laws i.e speed limits, vehicle requirements.

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^^ It seems like the rear view mirror is all you would need for (b).
I'd suggest getting a side mirror attachment for the drivers side at least. Its small cost will save you a lot of hassle, so why risk it. Because police don't exactly have the entire Highway Traffic Act memorized, so you may receive a ticket.
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Ontario Oreg 611 States that no prescribed mirror shall be missing.

In other words, if it came from the factory with side mirrors, technically it needs them on there.


HTA OREG 611 SAFETY STANDARDS

(6) The condition and security of each prescribed mirror shall be inspected and,
(a) no prescribed mirror shall be missing;
(b) each mirror shall be securely mounted and maintain a set adjustment;
(c) no mirror shall be cracked, broken or have any significant reduction in reflecting surface owing to deterioration of the silvering; and
(d) in the case of a motor vehicle where there is no rear window, or the view through the rear window is restricted in such a way as not to afford a driver a clear view to the rear of the motor vehicle, the outside rear view mirror or mirrors shall not be missing

Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Prescribed Mirrors Section 111
(11) An outside rearview mirror shall be installed on the driver’s side of every passenger car and three-wheeled vehicle.
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I see a lot of vehicles with illegal mods (such as you guys are describing) and it doesn't look like they get tickets... as they don't take the mods off. Any real crime (or good donut shops) in your area to occupy the police?

Guy down the street has a lift kit, huge wheels and tires that extrude beyond the fenders, aftermarket bumpers and he hasn't had a problem.
people get away with speeding and texting too.
just because the cops are not ticketing today does not mean they never will.

for me it is more about being a responsible citizen, especially when wheeling which I love. it is irresponsible wheeling which closes down trails and draws the attention of the law to us.
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Has anyone ever been troubled in bc for not runnin doors? I ran for almost 2 months in van city with no doors n I ha no issues... Did I fluke out ? Lol
many of us. I got a ticket in Nelson, BC from the local police force. but I ran doorless for years before that. they do blitzes in Kelowna every year.

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