Vintage Vehicle Legal FAQ
This section of the web site discusses legal issues related to
of vintage automobiles in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada.
I obtained the following information from the Saskatoon City Police.
Modified Vintage Vehicle
"modified vintage vehicle" means a motor vehicle
is designed for transportation of goods or people on
resembles a vehicle manufactured before 1958; and
has been modified or reconstructed to improve its safety,
handling or performance
"vintage vehicle" means a motor vehicle:
that was designed for the transportation of goods or people on
whose model year predates the current calendar year by 30
years or more;
that, to the extent practicable, has been restored or maintained
to the original manufacturer’s specifications but does not
include a modified vintage vehicle
What are legal Bumper Heights?
On passenger cars, bumper height must be between 380 and 560
millimeters above the road surface.
On trucks, the lowest part of the bumper cannot be more than 750
millimeters above the road surface.
Bumpers must have a vertical surface of at least 100
Licence Plate Display -- is a
front plate required? Can one acquire an exemption?
Always require a front and back plate on a passenger car.
Some special exemptions issued for special events or occasions for
limited time periods.
Are bumpers required?
Section 50 requires passenger cars to be equipped with
Section 50 requires trucks less than 4500 GWR to be equipped
with from bumper only.
SGI Vehicle Standards and Inspection Bumpers on Vintage and Modified
Vintage Vehicles Policy
Bumper exemptions for vintage and modified vintage vehicles will
be considered on an individual basis in accordance with Section 14
(3) of The Vehicle Equipment Regulations. 1987. Bumpers will
be exempt on vintage vehicles where proof is provided the vehicle
was originally manufactured without bumpers.
Where authority to operate without bumper(s) is issued, the
bumper exemption will only be valid while the modified vintage or
vintage vehicle is being operated under fair weather
conditions. This minimizes risks associated with allowing
vehicles to operate without bumpers.
The vehicle must:
qualify as vintage or modified vintage vehicle as defined by
The Vehicle Equipment Regulations. 1987;
be primarily maintained for use in exhibitions, club
activities, parades, hobby activity and other functions of public
not be used as regular means of transportation
must not be the vehicle owner’s sole means of
- not be driven more than 8,065 km. / 5,000 miles
Applicants for bumper exemptions must supply a written request
for bumper exemption to the manager SGI Vehicle Standards and
Inspection on an approved application form. The following
information must be included with the application.
Applicants name, complete address, and signature.
Year make and model of vehicle.
Serial number of vehicle.
Odometer reading (miles/km).
Request for rear/front bumper exemption.
Photograph(s) (not Polaroid) showing the profile (front/rear)
for which the bumper exemption request is being made.
Bumper exemptions are not transferable, and authority (approved
application) must be presented to law enforcement personnel or
request. The exemption is only valid in Saskatchewan and may
or may not b recognized in other jurisdictions.
What are the requirements for tail lights? Tail light
covers? Blue dots?
Blue tail light lens 7(9) A vintage or
modified vintage vehicle may have a blue lens 625 spare millimetres
or less as part of the tail-lamp assembly
Brake Lamps 34(2) A modified vintage vehicle shall
have at least one brake lamp meeting the requirements of clauses
(1)(a), (b) and (d).
Signal Lamps 35(3) In the case of modified vintage
vehicle, a flashing white or amber light may be emitted from the
front facing lamps.
Tail Lamps 37(2) A modified vintage vehicle shall
have at least one tail lamp meeting the requirements of clauses
(1)(a), (c) and (d).
Tail light and headlamp covers are not permitted in
accordance with section 6(e), which prohibits any equipment that
impairs the effectiveness of the lamps required by the
What about off color headlamp (blue) bulbs?
All headlamps must be WHITE in colour as defined by Society of
Automotive Engineers J578 3.1.3. Any bulbs other than white
are not legal.
High intensity bulbs can only be used in certain headlamp
Are fenders required?
Fenders or Mudflaps 52(3) Subsection (1) does not
apply to a modified vintage vehicle when the vehicle is being
operated on a dry, paved surface.
What are the requirements of
windshield height (size)?
Section 64 requires the windshield be in a generally vertical
position and be large enough to provide the driver with a clear
view of the road.
Front and front side windows must be free of any after-market
What about scrub line, is there a
minimum height off the ground?
Refer to bumper height requirements previously addressed, and
lamp height requirements as follows:
Headlamps must be between 535 and 1400 millimeters from the road
surface to the centre of the lamp.
Brake, Signal and Tail lamps must be between 350 and 2110
millimeters from the road surface.
Vehicle must be equipped with a muffler that effectively reduces
SGI encourages enforcement agencies to use Section 46 of the HTA
-- excessive noise to address exhaust noise concerns.
When are Vehicle Safety Improvements
When a peace officer or person appointed by the board or
administrator issues an order to have a repair or inspection
completed because they suspect the vehicle may be unroadworthy.
Failure to comply with a request will result in the cancellation
of registration and insurance, and stop any further registration of
the vehicle by any person.
Frame of Modified Vintage Vehicle 48 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 shall support the vehicle, its load and torque from the
power source, under all operating conditions without
Chassis fasteners of Modified Vintage Vehicle 49
Every modified vintage vehicle shall have a chassis fasteners that
incorporate self-locking nuts, lock washers, cotter pins or safety
Mirrors 67(1) A vehicle other than a modified
vintage vehicle, shall have at least two rear-view mirrors.
Mirrors 67(6) A modified vintage vehicle shall have
at least one mirror that provides the driver with a clear view to
Defroster or frost shields 69(2) Subsection (1)
does not apply to a modified vintage vehicle when it is being
operated at any temperature above 0◦ Celcius.
Sun shield 70(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a
modified vintage vehicle on which the original manufacturer did not
install a sun shield.