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Old 01-28-2007, 11:48 AM
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What are Alberta Towing laws?

I've asked a few people I know and nobody can give me a stright answer on this.
Is it legal, in Alberta, to tow a vehicle with a tow-strap (no trailer or dolly) IF, the towed vehcile has working brakes and signals, and a person is in that vehcile to operate these brakes and signals?

Seems to me, this must be against some law somewhere. However, it's a really handy way to move broken down or newly purchased vehciles a short distance, especially if it's a rural area and you keep the speeds down.

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You could use a tow bar. The law states that the towed vehicle must have 2 connecting points as for the reason for safety chains. I think the U-haul's still rent tow bars and this would be a lot safer than a tow strap.
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no you cant use a tow strap trust me my ticket says so the cop said thats why they have tow trucks
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Nova, where did you get that ticket? Do you still have it around? It would have the section of the traffic act that you violated on it.
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Save yourself the hassle rent a trailer its about $100/day way safer way easier
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well, there's this.

Regulations

116 The Minister may make regulations

(a) governing any matter with respect to

(i) the loading of and the transporting of goods on vehicles,

(ii) the towing of vehicles, and

(iii) the transporting of passengers by vehicles



You'll find the Traffic Safety Act here.

http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/documents/acts/T06.cfm
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Isn't it funny ---- a province that will allow someone to buy a 1/2 ton, hook it to a fifth wheel travel trailer and then hook a boat to the back of that and go roaring up our highways says no-no to a tow strap down a rural road.
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Isn't it funny ---- a province that will allow someone to buy a 1/2 ton, hook it to a fifth wheel travel trailer and then hook a boat to the back of that and go roaring up our highways says no-no to a tow strap down a rural road.
We spent some time living in Alberta and have seen some pretty wild combinations on the highway. I don't know about towing with a tow strap but it seems that every thing else is fair game.
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