These types of threads appear almost daily. People are curious as to what modifications are legal and what modifications are considered illegal in the province of Alberta.
All of the rules and regulations regarding motor vehicles (and vehicle equipment/modification) are contained in what is known as the "Traffic Safety Act".
Click The Following Link For A Full Index of Everything Covered By The Traffic Safety Act:
http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?pa...ffic Safety Act
In our case, most people are concerned about modifications and equipment regulations in general.
All of the information pertaining to these regulations can be found in the following document
The most common questions coming up on Beyond are those regarding tinted windows, headlights, and exhaust modifications. For your sake I have covered the basics of these below starting with exhaust modifications.
[size=2] Before going any further, I urge you to refer to the link titled "Vehicle Equipment Regulations" for ALL the answers to questions regarding vehicle equipment/modifcation. It is the official and comprehensive document which will be able to cover all of the details so you can understand EXACTLY what is allowed and what is not.
1. Exhaust Regulations
61(1) A motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine must have an exhaust muffler that is cooling and expelling the exhaust gases from the engine without excessive noise and without producing flames or sparks.
(2) A person shall not drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine if the exhaust outlet of the muffler has been widened.
(3) A person shall not drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine if a device is attached to the exhaust system or the muffler that increases the noise made by the expulsion of gases from the engine or allows a flame to be ignited from the exhaust system.
2. Tinted Windows
69(1) A person shall not install, replace or cover the window glazing in a windshield or in a left or right side window of a motor vehicle that is beside or forward of the driver with a transparent, translucent or opaque material.
(2) A person shall not install, replace or cover the rear window glazing in a motor vehicle with a transparent, translucent or opaque material unless the motor vehicle has outside rear view mirrors on both the left and right that comply with section 72(2).
(7) A person may apply stickers to the window of a motor vehicle only if they do not limit the driverís field of vision or otherwise impair the safe operation of the motor vehicle.
3. Headlight Modifications
Please refer to the links provided above to get the COMPLETE list of regulations. I have only listed those that apply/relate to most of the questions that have been posted in the past. Most of them are common sense (ie: your car must have 2 headlamps) but I urge you to refer to the complete document so you can become familiar with all of the rules/regulations as there are alot of them.
(2) A headlamp must be mounted so that the centre of the headlamp is not more than 1.4 metres and not less than 560 millimetres above ground level when the motor vehicle is not loaded.
(4) The light from a headlamp must be white, and the lens and bulb of the headlamp must be made of clear, untinted glazing.
This means that most "ricer bulbs" and yellow headlight bulbs are ILLEGAL
(5) A person shall not attach or apply anything that colours the light from a headlamp to the headlamp, part of the headlamp or a bulb in the headlamps.
High and low beams
(2) A headlamp must have a low beam that can reveal a person or another vehicle that is at least 30 metres ahead.
(3) A headlamp must have a high beam
(b) that does not shine in the eyes of an approaching driver.
Daytime running lamps
12 The daytime running lamps on a motor vehicle may emit amber or white light.
(4) A tail lamp must be capable of emitting a red light that is visible from at least 150 metres to the rear.
(6) A tail lamp must turn on and stay lit when the head lamps or auxiliary driving lamps are lit.
Licence plate lamp
14(1) The licence plate of a vehicle must be illuminated by a tail lamp or a separate licence plate lamp so that the licence plate is clearly visible from at least 15 metres to the rear.
(2) A separate licence plate lamp for illuminating the rear licence plate must turn on and stay lit when the head lamps are lit.
(3) A separate licence plate lamp may emit white light.