Ask a Trooper: Are fenders required, even on collector vehicles?

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“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol

Ask a Trooper with Sgt. Jesse GrabowQuestion: I have a 1929 Ford “Model A” sedan. My question is, I have fenders on rear of the car but not on the front and I can’t find any laws on it. Any help in the law or statute of this would help and I do have collector plates on it if that makes a difference.

Answer: Every vehicle is required to have fenders.  The law does not specify only rear fenders, but that the fenders must protect against things being thrown up and to the rear.

There are exceptions to the law. When it comes to any pioneer, classic, collector vehicle, collector military vehicle, or street rod, it shall have all equipment, in operating condition, which was specifically required by law as a condition for its first sale after manufacture.

This means if a vehicle was not originally required to be manufactured with specific equipment, you do not need to add that equipment, unless another statute requires it.  A turn signal would be an example.  If you have a 1940 vehicle with no signals, you do not need to add them. However, if you have a 1950 vehicle that has no turn signals, you would have to add them because all new vehicles sold after July 1, 1949, required signals.

A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at [email protected].

 

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