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Canadian Jeep Mud flap & Fender Laws you need to know.

Posted by Scott Gordon at

Each province and territory has their own opinion on what and when vehicles are required to have mud flaps (splash guards) & Fenders. As both a daily driver and off-road enthusiast I have had my share of rocks and mud thrown at me. Here is a very basic list of each province requirement. If you come across any states with incorrect information, please comment updates below.

Provinces

Alberta Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either  fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. A motor vehicle or trailer must have a part of its body, a fender or a mudguard that covers the width of each tire. Mudguard or Fender must extend downwards at the rear of each axle or axle group to at least the centre line of the axle, or be a distance away from the ground equivalent to at least 1/3 of the horizontal distance from the bottom edge of the wheel.

British Columbia Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. Every motor vehicle, trailer and semitrailer not constructed so that the spray and splash of water and mud to the rear of the vehicle is minimized shall be equipped with mudguards and, if necessary, mud flaps.

Manitoba Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. Every special motor vehicle shall be equipped with fenders and/or adequate body coverage designed to cover the entire tread width that comes in contact with the road surface. Coverage of the tire tread circumference shall be from at least 15 degrees in front to at least 90 degrees to the rear of the vertical centre line at each wheel measured from the centre of wheel rotation. At no time shall the fender or adequate body coverage contact the tire.

New Brunswick Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. No person shall operate a motor vehicle or other vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle is equipped with a red stop lamp or lamps mounted on the rear thereof, mud flaps mounted immediately behind the rear wheels thereof that effectively reduce spray or splash to the rear of mud, water or slush caused by the rear wheels;

Newfoundland and Labrador Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. A motor vehicle and a trailer shall be equipped with mudguards or fenders adequate to reduce effectively the wheel spray or splash of water from the roadway to the rear of the vehicle or trailer, unless adequate protection is afforded by the body of the motor vehicle or trailer or by a trailer drawn by the motor vehicle.

Nova Scotia Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. Every motor vehicle and every trailer shall be equipped with mudguards, fenders or flaps adequate to reduce effectively the wheel spray or splash of water from the roadway to the rear of the vehicle or trailer, unless the spray or splash is effectively reduced by the body of the vehicle or trailer or by a trailer drawn by the vehicle.

Ontario Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. Every motor vehicle and every trailer shall be equipped with mudguards or fenders or other device adequate to reduce effectively the wheel spray or splash of water from the roadway to the rear thereof, unless adequate protection is afforded by the body of the motor vehicle or trailer or by a trailer drawn by the motor vehicle.

Prince Edward Island Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Not enough information is given regarding mud flap or fender requirements.

Quebec Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Not enough information is given regarding mud flap or fender requirements.

Saskatchewan Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either  fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. Every motor vehicle and every trailer shall be equipped with mudguards, fenders or flaps adequate to reduce the rearward projection of gravel, mud, water and snow from the tire; is located so that the lowest point of the fender, mud flap or body overhang is above the ground a distance that is not greater than two thirds of the horizontal distance from that point to the center of the wheel; and extends across the full width of the tire.

Territories

Northwest Territories Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Not enough information is given regarding mud flap or fender requirements.

Nunavut Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Vehicle equipment laws require either fenders, splash guards or mud flaps. No person shall operate a vehicle with a GVWR of less than 4500 kg unless it is equipped with appropriate fenders, splash guards, rock guards or mud flaps to prevent unnecessary spray to the rear of the vehicle.

Yukon Mud Flap and Fender Requirements - Not enough information is given regarding mud flap or fender requirements.


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