For commercial trucks, the right truck tarp can make the difference between a valuable investment or a limited tool. It is easy for most people to forget how many states commercial trucks drive through and how covering regulations may 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 truck tarp regulations so that we can provide accurate and up-to-date advice to our customers.
For example, in Texas “loose material” is defined as anything that can be blown or spilled from a vehicle because of movement or exposure to air, wind currents or other weather. The term includes dirt, sand, gravel and wood chips, but excludes any agricultural product in its natural state.
Vehicles carrying loose materials in Texas are required by law to cover those loads unless the vehicle is moving between construction barricades on a public works project, crossing a public highway, or operating at less than 30 miles per hour.
In Louisiana, the laws are quite similar to other states, with subtle and confusing differences. For example, vehicles transporting dirt or sand are exempt from the requirement to cover the load if the materials are being transported within a municipality with a population of “not less than 10,500 nor more than 11,200 in a parish with a population of no less than 30,250 nor no more than 32,500 all according to the latest decennial census, and the speed of the vehicle transporting the load does not exceed twenty-five miles per hour.”
In Arkansas, the regulations are simply stated and fit on less than half a page. The rules clearly state that loose materials must be covered or otherwise secured. Period.
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.