(A) Every sulky used in a race at a licensed harness racing meeting shall be subject to the approval of the judges, Ohio state racing commission, and the United States trotting association. A driver shall not drive a sulky not equipped with special equipment as so ordered. Mud fenders must be available and must be used whenever ordered by the presiding judge. Every sulky shall be equipped with the wheel discs of a type approved by the judges, Ohio state racing commission, and the United States trotting association. All shafts will be equipped with quick-hitch fixtures or attachable by conventional tiedowns. All quick-hitches shall have safety straps.
(B) The Ohio state racing commission shall have the authority to establish guidelines and recommendations for the design, performance and certification of racing sulkies. The Ohio state racing commission shall have the authority to authorize variances from these standards and may approve for use any sulky which does not qualify under section A, if in their opinion the sulky does not pose a safety hazard, does not impair the horse or driver, and does not under-mine the competitiveness of the horse and/or driver.