Reviewing Truck Tarp Safety Requirements


As we talked about previously, truck drivers are increasingly concerned about how different regulations impact their jobs. One of their primary concerns is staying safe on the road, so we wanted to highlight some truck tarp safety requirements, as many of our customers supply tarp material to their customers.

The importance of securing a load

There are two main reasons why it’s important for truck drivers to secure the product they’re hauling: safety and damage prevention. If cargo isn’t properly secured, it can fall off a truck, putting other cars on the road in danger. Similarly, if the product being hauled falls off and is lost or damaged, the carrier and/or driver likely won’t be paid in full when the load is delivered.

But, even when trucks are carrying less valuable materials, like in the case of dump trucks, it’s still crucial that the load is properly secured in accordance with state laws.

These regulations were created to help keep roads safe, prevent the release of contaminated materials into the environment, and to protect against road damage, among other safety reasons.

How can loads be secured?

In the coming months, we’ll be sharing more about specific regulations by region, as individual states often have their own requirements for securing a load. However, there are some general best practices that can be used in any state.

Tarp weights: Some states do not require tarping, while others have very specific requirements on how tarps should be secured, but weighting a tarp is generally a good idea to prevent flying debris from a truck.

Straps or chains: Similarly, some truckers use tie-down straps to secure loads easily. But, it’s important to be sure that the type of strap being used is appropriate for not only the load that’s being transported but the truck as well.

Stay tuned for when we break down truck tarp regulations by region so you’re better prepared to help your customers meet their needs.