The provincial regulations define a "vintage vehicle" as a motor vehicle that was designed for the transportation of goods or people on highways whose model year predates the current calendar year by 30 years or more and has been restored or maintained to the original manufacturer's specifications (to the extent practicable). This does not include a modified vintage vehicle.
Vintage vehicles are Type V vehicles and are covered by sections 146-166 of The Vehicle Equipment Regulations.
Modified vintage vehicles
Modified vintage vehicles, unlike vintage vehicles, are vehicles that represents (look like) vehicles manufactured prior to 1958; and, instead of being restored or maintained, they have been modified or reconstructed to improve their safety, handling or performance.
Modified Vintage Vehicles are Type A vehicles and are covered by sections 14-75 of The Vehicle Equipment Regulations.
There are specific equipment concessions for modified or custom-built pre-1958 vehicles commonly known as "fair-weather clauses" which include the ability to operate without:
- fenders or mud flaps on dry, paved roads;
- windshield wipers when it's not raining; and,
- a defroster when the ambient temperature is above 0o C.
General prohibitions and requirements
Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Every vehicle that is manufactured on or after January 1, 1986, and registered for highway use must comply with the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) at the time of manufacture and bear a label of compliance, or be approved by the administrator.
Special equipment for certain vehicles
The steering system of the vehicle must be maintained:
- within the specifications approved by the vehicle manufacturer; or
- in the case of a modified vintage vehicle, within the steering geometry specifications approved by the manufacturer of the steering assembly.
A modified vintage vehicle must have at least 1 brake light.
In the case of a modified vintage vehicle, a flashing white or amber light may be emitted from the front-facing lights.
A modified vintage vehicle must have at least 1 tail light located at the rear that emits red light and is activated by the headlight control.
A vintage or modified vintage vehicle may have a blue lens 625 mm2 or less as part of the tail light assembly.
Frame of modified vintage vehicles
Where the vehicle is a modified vintage vehicle and the frame of the vehicle has been modified or specially fabricated, the frame of the vehicle must support the vehicle, its load and the torque from the power source under all operating conditions without distortion.
Chassis fasteners of modified vintage vehicles
Every modified vintage vehicle must have chassis fasteners that incorporate self-locking nuts, lock washers, cotter pins or safety wires.
A vehicle other than a modified vintage vehicle is required to have at least 2 rear-view mirrors. Modified vintage vehicle require at least 1 mirror that provides the driver with a clear view to the rear.
Not required for a modified vintage vehicle on which a powered windshield wiper was not installed by the original manufacturer and when the vehicle is not operated in the rain.
Sun shield (interior visor)
A sun shield is not required on a modified vintage vehicle if a sun shield was not installed by the original manufacturer.
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