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Daytime is defined in the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation as “the period that starts one hour before sunrise and ends one hour after sunset.” However, when atmospheric conditions such as snow, rain, fog or smoke do not allow enough light to clearly see a person at a distance of 150 metres (490 feet), then equipment must meet the requirements for night-time conditions (see the section, “Night-Time Travel”).

The following section outlines daytime travel requirements for:
  • Tractors and self-propelled implements
  • Towed farm implements.

Tractors and Self-Propelled Implements

Rearview Mirror
Each tractor or self-propelled implement must have a rearview mirror that gives the driver a clear view of the road behind the implement of husbandry and a clear view of other vehicles approaching from behind.

Slow-Moving Vehicle Sign
Operators must display a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) sign that is attached to the rear end of the machine and is clearly visible to all traffic at the rear of the machine (see Figure 1). You must mount the SMV sign with the broad base down, perpendicular to the direction of travel and visible from the rear. Locate the sign at or as close to the centre line of the vehicle or equipment as practical, at a height between 0.9 to 1.5 metres (3 to 5 feet) above the road.

Figure 1: Slow-Moving Vehicle Sign on Tractor


Mount the SMV sign close to the centre line of the vehicle and visible from the rear.

Reflective material used on the sign must meet the durability requirements specified in Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard D-198 (Slow-Moving Vehicle Identification Emblem).

Warning Flags
Although not mandatory, you should use warning flags to mark the widest part of the vehicle. The flags should be at least 40 centimetres x 40 centimetres (16 inches x 16 inches) and should be displayed such that their full area is visible to a driver of another vehicle approaching from the front or rear (see Figure 2).

Figure 2: Warning Flags


Ensure that warning flags are visible to drivers approaching from the front or rear.

Mandatory Warning Lights or Flags

A rubber tired farm tractor equipped with a dozer blade can travel on a road if, conspicuously displayed on each side of the widest part of the farm tractor, or displayed at the extremities of the blade, there are:
  • Warning flags when the farm tractor is used during daylight
  • Warning lights or warning flags (made of fluorescent material that is adequately illuminated by the farm tractor’s working lights) when the farm tractor is used during darkness.

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Towed Farm Implements

Slow-Moving Vehicle Sign
A towed implement must have its own slow-moving vehicle (SMV) sign which is clearly visible to the driver of a vehicle approaching from the rear (see Figure 3). Mount the SMV sign with the broad base down, perpendicular to the direction of travel and visible from the rear. Locate the sign at or as close to the centre line of the vehicle or equipment as practical, at a height between 0.9 to 1.5 metres (3 to 5 feet) above the road.

Figure 3: Slow-Moving Vehicle Sign on Towed Implement


A towed implement must have its own slow-moving vehicle sign.

Warning Flags
Although not mandatory, you should use warning flags to mark the widest part of the vehicle. The flags should be at least 40 centimetres x 40 centimetres (16 inches x 16 inches) and should be displayed such that their full area is visible to a driver of another vehicle approaching from the front or rear (see Figures 4 and 5).

Figure 4: Flags for Daytime Travel


Use flags to mark the extremities of the vehicle.

(For daytime only, flags can mark the extremities of the implement.)

Figure 5: Proper Display of Flags


Flags should be displayed so that their full area is visible from the front and rear. Support the width of the flag from a rigid support such as a stiff wire.

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Other Documents in the Series

 
  Make it Safe, Make it Visible - Section 2
Responsibility for Meeting Regulated Requirements
Daytime Travel - Current Document
Night-Time Travel
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This information published to the web on March 25, 2009.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 28, 2016.