Topic:
MOTOR VEHICLES;
Location:
MOTOR VEHICLES (GENERAL);
Scope:
Other States laws/regulations; Connecticut laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


April 4, 2001

 

2001-R-0344

STATES REQUIRING MUD FLAPS ON CARS

By: Michele L. Melley, Legislative Fellow

You want to know if any states require cars to have mud flaps. The information in this report is based on an OLR telephone survey to the Department of Transportation, Public Safety, or the highway patrol of all the states.

Of the 47 states that responded to our survey, 11 have laws governing mud flaps on cars. Three of these states—California, Louisiana, and Nebraska—require cars to have mud flaps; eight, including Connecticut, require mud flaps or other spray suppression devices if there is no rear fender. Table 1 shows the 11 states that have laws on mud flaps.

Table 1: States That Have Laws Addressing Mud Flaps

State

Requirements

Citation

Alaska

Fenders or flaps

Alaska Stat. 28.35.253

California

Fenders and flaps

Cal. Vehicle Code 276.00

Connecticut

Fenders

CGS . 14-103d.

Idaho

Fenders, which may include flaps

Idaho Code 49-949

Louisiana

Fenders and flaps

La. Rev. Stat. Ann 32:364

Montana

Fenders or flaps

Mont. Code Ann. 61-9-407

Nebraska

Fenders and flaps

Neb. Rev. Stat. 60-6,283

Oklahoma

Fenders or flaps

Okla. Stat. tit. 47. 12-405

Rhode Island

Fenders, but if tires extend beyond them, then flaps too.

R.I. Gen. Laws 31-23-26

Utah

Fenders, but flaps if car frame altered.

Utah Code Ann. 41-6-50.10

Washington

Fenders or flaps

Exception: A car more than 40 years old or a street rod that is a collector's item.

Wash. Rev. Code Ann. 46.37.500

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