Commercial trucks drive through multiple states on any given transport. As a result, it’s vital to be familiar with the different truck covering regulations that vary from state to state.
Acadian Industrial Textiles specializes in helping truck owners and manufacturers choose the right coverings for both the job and primary locations of service. We understand and continually monitor tarp regulations so that we can provide accurate and up-to-date advice to our customers.
For example, in Idaho, any use of a tiedown on a commercial vehicle must not contain any knots, and edge protection must be used whenever a tiedown is subject to abrasion or cutting at the point where it touches an article of cargo. Additionally, any articles of cargo that are likely to roll must be restrained to prevent rolling, by means that are not capable of becoming unintentionally unfastened or loose while the vehicle is in transit.
In Montana, each city or county has the power to impose and enforce regulations concerning the tarping of a load in addition to the regulations of the state.
Utah requires that a vehicle carrying dirt, sand gravel, rock fragments, pebbles or similar materials have a cover over the entire load unless the highest point of the load does not extend above the top of any exterior wall or sideboard of the cargo compartment of the vehicle and the outer edges of the load are at least six inches below the top inside edges of the exterior walls or sideboards of the cargo compartment of the vehicle.
The regulations in New Mexico are pretty straightforward. No vehicle with any load may be operated on any highway unless the load and any covering are securely fastened so as to prevent the covering or load from becoming loose, detached or in any manner a hazard to others on the road.
For more information about these and regulations from all 50 states, fill out the form below. We’ll send you a PDF from the Industrial Fabrics Association International that covers cargo control across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.