(Listed from the West Coast to the East Coast)
trailer weight of 1,400 kg (3,080 Ibs) or less – Brakes are required if the trailer and
its load weigh more than 50% of the licensed weight
of the vehicle towing it.
- Gross trailer weight of 1,401 kg (3,081 Ibs)
to 2,800 kg (6,160 Ibs) – Brakes are
required, including a breakaway brake.
- Gross trailer weight of more than 2,800 kg
(6,160 Ibs) – Brakes are required, and
the trailer brakes must be capable of being applied
by the driver independently of the towing vehicle's
brakes. A surge brake does NOT meet this requirement.
A breakaway brake is also required. Brakes are
required on all axles.
The sole exemption to this rule is for a 3 axle
house trailer, in which case brakes are only required
on 2 of the 3 axles.
Towing Dolly Brake Requirements
- Gross weight of dolly and motor vehicle carried
is 1,400 kg (3,081 Ibs) or less.
- Brakes are not required on the dolly if the
net weight of dolly plus (+) the gross weight
of motor vehicle carried plus (+) the gross weight
of tow vehicle equals (=) less than the gross
vehicle weight rating of the towing vehicle.
- Combinations other than the two outlined above
require brakes on the towing dolly. Brakes are
not required on the motor vehicle being carried
by the dolly.
Bar Brake Requirements
and Towed Motor Vehicle – If the towed
motor vehicle has a gross vehicle weight of less
than 2,000 kg (4,400 Ibs) and is less than 40%
of the gross vehicle weight rating of the motorhome,
brakes and coordinated brake control are not required.
- Commercial Vehicle with GVWR over 5,500 kg
(12,100 Ibs) and Towed Motor Vehicle –
If the aggregate weight of the combination does
not exceed the GVWR of the commercial vehicle
brakes are not required on the motor vehicle being
- Other Combinations – If the combination
is not included in the two situations outlined
above, brakes are required on all wheels of the
motor vehicle being towed in the same manner as
trailer brake requirements.
with which a trailer is equipped when applied
must be adequate to maintain control of the trailer;
when applied must not affect the direction of
travel of the trailer.
Brake – must automatically apply when
the trailer separates from the tow vehicle and
when applied must be capable of remaining fully
applied for at least 15 minutes.
person shall park or leave a detached trailer
at any place on a highway unless the wheels are
locked so that the trailer will remain stationary
gross laden weight of trailer is 909 kg / 2,004
Ibs or over, or if gross trailer weight is over
half that of the unit, independent braking system
required for trailers with a gross laden weight
of not more than 910 kg (2006 Ibs) or trailers
with a gross laden weight of less than half of
the weight of the towing unit.
- Breakaway brakes are required on trailers over
907 kg (2,000 Ibs).
- Any trailer towed
behind a motor vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR) of 1,360 kg (2,999 Ibs) and greater,
requires brakes on all axles with a break-away
system that will apply the brakes of the trailer
in the event it breaks away from the towed vehicle.
- Currently in Saskatchewan,
a motor vehicle that is towed behind another motor
vehicle is not required to have operational brakes.
However, proposed legislation will require any
vehicle that has a GVWR in excess of 2,000 kg
(4,409 Ibs) or 40% the GVWR of the towing vehicle
to be fitted with brakes.
- Current legislation
requires that where the combined weight of the
towed vehicle and tow dolly exceed 50% of the
Gross Vehicle Weight of the towing vehicle, the
tow dolly shall have brakes.
- The maximum weight
of any motor vehicle towed behind a towing motor
vehicle is 2,800 kg (6,173 Ibs) or twice the weight
of the towing vehicle, whichever is less.
Every semi-trailer that forms part of, or is attached
to, a semi-trailer truck, and every trailer that
is attached to a motor vehicle and that has a gross
weight in excess of 910 kg (2,006 Ibs), when upon
a highway shall be equipped with brakes adequate,
when operated in combination with the brakes of
the motor vehicle or semi-trailer to which it is
attached, to stop and hold the semi-trailer truck,
or the semi-trailer truck and trailer, or the motor
vehicle and trailer, as the case may be, within
the distances prescribed by the law (subsection
brakes are required on trailers 907 kg (2,000 Ibs)
or semi-trailer - Every trailer or semi-trailer having
a gross weight of 1,360 kilograms (3,000 Ibs) or more
shall be equipped with brakes adequate to stop and
to hold the vehicle.
braking system is required in each weight bearing
wheel where gross weight exceeds 1,300 kg (2,867 Ibs).
Breakaway brakes are required on all trailers 1,360
kg (3,000 Ibs) and over.
braking system required where gross weight exceeds
1.5 tons or 1,500 kg (3,308 Ibs).
braking system required where gross weight of load
and vehicle exceeds 1,800 kg (3,969 Ibs). Breakaway
brakes are required on all trailers with a registered
weight of over 1,350 kg (2,977 Ibs).
braking system where gross weight exceeds 1,500 kg
braking system needed where gross weight exceeds 4,500
kg (9,923 lbs) or two or more axles are used on the