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MS Trailer Laws Regulations Mississippi Trailer Laws & Trailer Regulations

Mississippi's laws and regulations for trailers are listed below:


Mississippi Trailer Brake Laws

Every trailer carrying over 1 ton, when operated on a highway, shall be equipped with brakes adequate to control the movement of the trailer and to stop and hold the trailer.

Brakes on a trailer should be designed so that the driver of the towing vehicle from its cab may apply them.

Brakes on a trailer should be designed and connected so that in case of an accidental breakaway of the towed vehicle, the brakes shall be automatically applied.

Every new trailer, except a trailer of 2 axles of less than 2,000 lbs. GVW towed by an automobile, hereafter sold in this state and operated on the highways, shall be equipped with service brakes on all wheels of every such vehicle.



Mississippi Trailer Dimension Laws

Total length: 53 feet; trailer length: 40 feet (includes bumpers); width: 102 inches; height: 13 feet 6 inches. 



Mississippi Trailer Hitch Laws

Every trailer which shall be towed on public highways at a speed greater than 20 mph shall be coupled to the towing vehicle by means of a safety chain, chains, cables, or equivalent devices in addition to the regular trailer hitch or coupling.

No more slack shall be left in any safety chains, cables, or equivalent devices than shall be necessary to permit proper turning. The safety chains, cables, or equivalent devices shall be so connected to the towed and towing vehicles and to the drawbar to prevent the drawbar from dropping to the ground if the drawbar fails and shall be of sufficient strength to control the trailer in the event of failure of the regular trailer hitch or coupling.



Mississippi Trailer Signal Laws

Means for establishing an electric connection between towing and towed vehicles shall be mechanically and electrically adequate and free of short or open circuits.

Every motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, and any other vehicle which is being pulled in a train of vehicles shall be equipped with at least 1 rear lamp mounted on the rear, which, when lit, shall emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear.



Mississippi Trailer Lighting Laws

Every motor vehicle that is loaded and obstructs the driver’s view to the rear shall be equipped with a mirror located to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of such vehicle.



Mississippi Trailer Mirror Laws

55 mph unless otherwise posted. 



Mississippi Trailer Speed Limit Laws

55 mph unless otherwise posted.



Mississippi Trailer Towing Laws

When 1 vehicle is towing another, the drawbar or other connection shall be of sufficient strength to pull all weight towed. The drawbar or other connection shall not exceed 15 feet from 1 vehicle to the other except the connection between any 2 vehicles transporting poles, pipes, machinery, or other objects of a structural nature which cannot readily be disassembled.

When 1 vehicle is towing another and the connection consists of a chain, rope, or cable, there shall be displayed upon such connection a white flag or cloth not less than 12 inches square.

Not more than 3 vehicles in combination shall be towed by saddle-mounts, provided the overall length of the towing and towed vehicles shall not exceed 75 feet in length.

Not more than 1 motor vehicle shall be towed by a tow bar. 




The United States Trailer Laws and Regulations by State by is not an inclusive list of laws, regulations and it should be used by reference only and not used for any other purpose. is not liable for incorrect or incomplete information. To report an error, incomplete or incorrect information, please send an email to





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