Heavy Vehicle Tire Chains - Are they in compliance with laws in Canada?

Written by Daniel Corriveau,

The short answer is yes. Tire chains are used over many industries by owner-operators and national fleets worldwide. Read more to find out about chain laws in Canada!

Compliance with prevailing laws are always a concern for drivers especially when traveling across borders. As with any mode of transportation, being informed about the laws and regulations at your destination are a necessary part of your travel preparation.

Tire Chains in Canada

In the Canadian province of Ontario, the Highway Traffic Act specifies that “no vehicle shall be operated or object moved or upon any highway with any flange, rib, clamp or other device attached to its wheels, or made part thereof, which will injure the highway.” The HTA’s stance on tire chains, studded tires and the like is to prevent damage to pavements.

When used properly, Onspot Automatic Tire Chains will not damage the pavement. Upon encountering icy and/or snow conditions, the Onspots are deployed safely from inside the vehicle and disengaged when the chains are no longer needed.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the occasional use of tire chains to drive through icy or snow conditions is not illegal. However, continuous use of traction devices on dry paved roads is illegal in Ontario.

Preparation is Key

Traveling through multiple states/provinces and countries, preparation is key, particularly in winter conditions. Drivers must prepare their vehicles for whatever conditions they may encounter.


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Daniel Corriveau

About Daniel Corriveau

Daniel joined Onspot of North America in 2015 with the creation of our Eastern Canada Region. He was the perfect fit for Onspot as the son of the proprietor of one the regions most well known truck equip dealers, Groupe Deziel. Daniel earned a technical diploma from the Du Phare School in 1993 in the heavy vehicle technician program. However, Daniel’s greatest experience comes from his years of working up through the ranks at Groupe Deziel where he worked as the Sales Manager and Project Manager.


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