NEWS - Change to Trailer Safety Chain Rules

CVSE LogoThe Ministry of Transportation, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement has announced a change to Division 7 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations with regard to auxiliary coupling devices or what are more commonly known as safety chains for trailers.

Effective immediately, auxiliary coupling devices are required to have a strength equal to the total weight of the trailer and it's load:


7.07 (1) No person shall drive or operate on a highway a motor vehicle and trailer unless (c) the vehicles are equipped and connected with an auxiliary coupling device with a breaking strength of not less than the gross weight of the vehicle or vehicles being towed, except that this provision shall not apply where the coupling device is a fifth wheel and kingpin assembly used to couple a semi-trailer to a truck tractor, and...


Read Compliance Circular 04/09

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