Trailers Vancouver, BC

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If you are traveling in Beautiful British Columbia know the laws.

If you are going to tow a trailer in British Columbia here are the laws you need to be aware of.  This information comes from AAA Digest of Motor Laws.

Trailer Dimensions

A person must have a permit to operate a trailer whose length is 12.5 meters or more. A person must have a permit to operate a semitrailer having an overall length greater than 20 meters.

Trailer Brakes

Independent trailer braking system required where licensed weight of a trailer (excluding tow dollies) exceeds 1,400 kg or over 50% of licensed weight of towing vehicle; not required with motorhome towing with a towbar a motor vehicle weighing less than 2,000 kg that is also less than 40% of motorhome GVWR.

Tow dolly braking systems are required where the aggregate net weight of the tow dolly and the GVW of the towed vehicle exceeds 1,400 kg except where the GVWR on the towing vehicle is greater than the combined net weight of the tow dolly, the GVW of the motor vehicle being towed and the GVW of the towing vehicle.

Trailer Hitch/Signals

Must be secured to frame; safety chain required.

Trailer Lighting

Trailer must be equipped with taillights, brake lights, turn signals, license plate light and reflectors. Clearance lights and reflectors required if overall width 2.05 meters or more or gross weight over 1,400 kg.

Trailer Mirrors

Two mirrors required; if trailer obstructs view through inside mirror, then 2 outside mirrors required.

Trailer Speed Limits

80 km/h on provincial highways, and 50 km/h in populated areas, or as posted.

Trailer Towing

A person must not drive or operate a motor vehicle and trailer unless the following occurs: the drawbar or other connection between the motor vehicle and trailer holds them together; the device which couples the trailer to the motor vehicle is firmly attached to a structurally adequate integral part of the frame of each vehicle; and the vehicles are equipped and connected with an auxiliary coupling device consisting of a chain or metal cable equal in strength to the principal coupling device. This provision does not apply where the coupling device is a 5th-wheel and kingpin assembly used to couple a semitrailer to a truck.

  • Except when the combination of vehicles consists of a motor vehicle and a pole trailer, the length of the drawbar or other connection between the motor vehicle and the trailer must be 6 meters or less to operate without a permit.
  • Tow dollies displaying valid license plates are exempt from BC licensing requirements for a period of up to 6 months.


Olympia Location

7821 Martin Way E. Olympia, WA 98516 360-923-2135

Rochester Location

5732 Ivan Way SW Rochester, WA 98579 360-273-7892

Marysville Location

15314 Smokey Point Boulevard Marysville, WA 98271 (425) 903-4985

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