Utah: Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City, UT. 801-965-4559.
72-7-409. Loads on vehicles -- Limitations -- Confining, securing, and fastening load required -- Penalty.
- As used in this section:
- "Agricultural product" means any raw product which is derived from agriculture, including silage, hay, straw, grain, manure, and other similar product.
- "Vehicle" has the same meaning set forth in Section 41-1a-102.
- A vehicle may not be operated or moved on any highway unless the vehicle is constructed or loaded to prevent its contents from dropping, sifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping.
- In addition to the requirements under Subsection (2), a vehicle carrying dirt, sand, gravel, rock fragments, pebbles, crushed base, aggregate, any other similar material, or scrap metal shall have a covering 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 following material is exempt from the provisions of Subsection (3)(a):
- hot mix asphalt;
- construction debris or scrap metal if the debris or scrap metal is a size and in a form not susceptible to being blown out of the vehicle;
- material being transported across a highway between two parcels of property that would be contiguous but for the highway that is being crossed; and
- material listed under Subsection (3)(a) that is enclosed on all sides by containers, bags, or packaging.
- A chemical substance capable of coating or bonding a load so that the load is confined on a vehicle, may be considered a covering for purposes of Subsection (3)(a) so long as the chemical substance remains effective at confining the load.
- Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply to a vehicle or implement of husbandry carrying an agricultural product, if the agricultural product is:
- being transported in a manner which is not a hazard or a potential hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle or to other highway users; and
- loaded in a manner that only allows minimal spillage.
- An authorized vehicle performing snow removal services on a highway is exempt from the requirements of this section if the vehicle's load is screened to a particle size established by a rule of the department.
- This section does not prohibit the necessary spreading of any substance connected with highway maintenance, construction, securing traction, or snow removal.
- A person may not operate a vehicle with a load on any highway unless the load and any load covering is fastened, secured, and confined to prevent the covering or load from becoming loose, detached, or in any manner a hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle, or to other highway users.
- Before entering a highway, the operator of a vehicle carrying any material listed under Subsection (3), shall remove all loose material on any portion of the vehicle not designed to carry the material.
- Any person who violates this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
Amended by Chapter 224, 1998 General Session
Renumbered and Amended by Chapter 270, 1998 General Session