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is snow chain legal to use for driving around GTA?

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It's for people who venture into the dangerous unknown aka outside GTA.
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They, like any other business, would even sell you a gas engine if they could make money on it. On the technical legality of their use or benefit is not their problem.

Take for example those outdoor wooden fireplaces, where in many municipalities they're illegal to operate but yet stores local sell them.
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Are you planning to go off roading in High Park?
Why in the world would you need them in the GTA, or any other place that has salted or cleared asphalt roads?
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coolmanfever wrote: not sure why Tesla is selling snow chains?
https://shop.tesla.com/en_ca/product/mo ... now-chains

isn't illegal to use snow chain or studded tire in GTA?
Indeed, you cannot drive around the GTA with snow chains.

However, it is very legal for someone in the GTA to buy snow chains for a road trip to another part of North America where snow chains are not only legal but are actually required in certain circumstances.


https://www.pstc.ca/where-are-tire-chains-needed/

From this comprehensive list, here are a few areas that are within a day’s drive of the GTA where snow chains can be used, just pulled up a couple quick examples:

New York
Studded tires are permtted between October 16th through April 30th.

Tire chains are required when a snow emergency has been declared, and during hazardous weather provided they do not damage the surface of the road.

Michigan
Tire chains permitted for safety during ice and snow road conditions.
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Frankie3s wrote: They, like any other business, would even sell you a gas engine if they could make money on it. On the technical legality of their use or benefit is not their problem.

Take for example those outdoor wooden fireplaces, where in many municipalities they're illegal to operate but yet stores local sell them.
I think the loophole is the grill they stick into them. Its now a “bbq”. Thats my theory according to Toronto by-law
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UrbanPoet wrote: I think the loophole is the grill they stick into them. Its now a “bbq”. Thats my theory according to Toronto by-law
Yes, but you are only supposed to use them for as long as it takes to cook your food, then you must extinguish the flames. Some people suggest keeping a pack of hot dogs nearby just in case but that won't work if a neighbour calls about you having a wood burning open air fire going for the past hour or two. Preheating the "grill" and cooking hot dogs doesn't take that long.
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tew wrote: Yes, but you are only supposed to use them for as long as it takes to cook your food, then you must extinguish the flames. Some people suggest keeping a pack of hot dogs nearby just in case but that won't work if a neighbour calls about you having a wood burning open air fire going for the past hour or two. Preheating the "grill" and cooking hot dogs doesn't take that long.
Unless youre doing low and slow bbq Eyes
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CanadianLurker wrote: Indeed, you cannot drive around the GTA with snow chains.

However, it is very legal for someone in the GTA to buy snow chains for a road trip to another part of North America where snow chains are not only legal but are actually required in certain circumstances.


https://www.pstc.ca/where-are-tire-chains-needed/

From this comprehensive list, here are a few areas that are within a day’s drive of the GTA where snow chains can be used, just pulled up a couple quick examples:

New York
Studded tires are permtted between October 16th through April 30th.

Tire chains are required when a snow emergency has been declared, and during hazardous weather provided they do not damage the surface of the road.

Michigan
Tire chains permitted for safety during ice and snow road conditions.
Chains are usually a temporary measure anyway. Sounds like OP might think you could install these on your all seasons and drive around with chains on all winter instead of buying winter tires.

You aren't supposed to exceed 50KPH on chains, and they are very noisy and cause a rough ride, so you'd honestly not want to go much faster than that anyway. If you did get stuck around Toronto and put these on to get unstuck, I don't think anyone would give you a second look, but you'd want to take them off ASAP (once the snow storm is done). You won't be driving down the 401 on them, that's for sure.
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You cannot legally run chains in southern ontario. You can in northern ontario. If I am not mistaken, the dividing line is the french river.

If the address on your license is north of there, you can run chains anywhere (but why would you - they assume common sense is more common up there) if your address is south of there you can only run chains north of there (no common sense down here).

Clear as mud eh?
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Tyre chains are not illegal in any part of Ontario. People are getting confused with tyre studs which are only legal in "Norther Ontario".

Tyre chains are legal anywhere in the province but only if there is snow or ice on the road such that there's a legitimate reason for using chains. They are not legal if you are driving on a clear road, though at the same time only an idiot would try to drive with chains on tyres at speed/on clear roads. The ride and noise would be absolutely horrible. In other words you can use chains, occasionally...at low speeds, through deep snow and/or severe ice. You can't just permanently install them and drive around like a bafoon, regardless of where you live in the province. Of course if you live somewhere remote where all there ever is, is deep unplowed snow/ice on roads in winter, then you probably can have them on all the time, but don't think you're gonna be driving 80km/h or anything either.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Unless youre doing low and slow bbq Eyes
Oh just keep a pack if no name hot dogs on hand. Toss one in when the by law officer pops by.
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I stand corrected. Es_revenge comment above is correct
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ES_Revenge wrote: Tyre chains are not illegal in any part of Ontario. People are getting confused with tyre studs which are only legal in "Norther Ontario".

Tyre chains are legal anywhere in the province but only if there is snow or ice on the road such that there's a legitimate reason for using chains. They are not legal if you are driving on a clear road, though at the same time only an idiot would try to drive with chains on tyres at speed/on clear roads. The ride and noise would be absolutely horrible. In other words you can use chains, occasionally...at low speeds, through deep snow and/or severe ice. You can't just permanently install them and drive around like a bafoon, regardless of where you live in the province. Of course if you live somewhere remote where all there ever is, is deep unplowed snow/ice on roads in winter, then you probably can have them on all the time, but don't think you're gonna be driving 80km/h or anything either.
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