Braking System Requirements By State and Province

Dingy towing laws are getting stricter every year. The following is a detailed snapshot of the towing laws in the US and Canada. Vehicles above the rated weights must have supplemental braking systems on board to be legal.

North American Weight Limits for Towing
without Supplemental Brakes
Source: American Automobile Association
Digest of Motor Laws

map

Key
'A' Must stop within a specified distance
'B' Not stated or no requirement
'C' Supplemental brakes always required

Federal Regulations
Title 49 (49 CFR 571) of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (10-1-08 Edition) defines a 'trailer' as follows: "'Trailer' means a motor vehicle with or without motive power, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by another motor vehicle.'


WEIGHTS
* updated Oregon statute verified 11/10 from Oregon DOT

WEIGHT LIMIT BY POUNDS OR OTHER RESTRICTION (SEE 'KEY')
Alabama
3,000
Kentucky
A North Dakota C Alberta 2,000
Alaska
5,000
Louisiana
3,000 Ohio 2,000 British Columbia 4,400
Arizona
3,000
Maine
3,000 Oklahoma 3,000 Manitoba 'A'
Arkansas
3,000
Maryland
3,000 Oregon* A New Brunswick 3,000
California
1,500
Massachusetts
10,000 Pennsylvania 3,000 Newfoundland A
Colorado
3,000
Michigan
3,000 Rhode Island 4,000 Northwest Territories 'C'
Connecticut
3,000
Minnesota
3,000 South Carolina 3,000 Nova Scotia 4,000
Delaware
4,000
Mississippi
2,000 South Dakota 3,000 Ontario 3,000
D.C
3,000
Missouri
B Tennessee 3,000 Prince Edward Island 3,300
Florida
3,000
Montana
3,000 Texas 4,500 Quebec 2,860
Georgia
3,000
Nebraska
3,000 Utah A Saskatchewan 3,000
Hawaii
3,000
Nevada
1,500 Vermont 3,000 Yukon Territory 2,000
Idaho
1,500
New Hampshire
A Virginia 3,000
Illinois
3,000
New Jersey
C Washington 3,000
Indiana 3,000 New Mexico 3,000 West Virginia 3,000
Iowa
3,000
New York
1,000 Wisconsin 3,000
Kansas
'A'
North Carolina
4,000 Wyoming 'A'




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