Motor and Other vehicles
Size, Weight, and Load Limits
§ 31-25-10 Fastening of load and covering.
(a) No person shall operate on any highway any vehicle with any load unless the
load and any covering on it is securely fastened so as to prevent the covering
or load from becoming loose, detached, or in any manner a hazard to other users
of the highway.
(b) No motor truck trailer or semitrailer which is used for
the purpose of hauling logs, pulpwood, lumber, or other materials which by
their very nature may shift or roll so as to be likely to fall from the
vehicle, shall be operated or moved over any highway unless its load is
securely fastened to the vehicle by chains, cables, or other approved devices
as will effectively prevent the shifting of the load or any part of it falling
from the vehicle. The ends of the chains, cables, or other devices and any tire
chains shall be tied securely, whether the vehicle is loaded or unloaded, so
that loose ends shall not endanger pedestrians or other vehicles encountered on
(c) This section shall not be construed to include a truck
transporting lumber, wood, or sawmill wastes, when transported in a box type
body with solid sides, provided that the truck is not loaded higher than its
(d) A person who violates the provisions of this section
shall be fined:
(1) Not more than one hundred dollars ($100) for the first
(2) Not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than
five hundred dollars ($500) for any subsequent violations.
(e) No person shall operate a motor truck or other vehicle
carrying or transporting any rubbish, refuse, or other debris on any highway
without first securely fastening a covering on it to prevent the contents from
falling to the highway. No person shall operate on any highway any vehicle with
any load unless the load and any covering on it is securely fastened so as to
prevent that covering or load from becoming loose, detached, or in any manner a
hazard to other users of the highway.
(f) No person shall operate an open motor truck or other
similar vehicle while carrying or transporting any child under sixteen (16)
years of age without securely fastening the child to prevent them from becoming
loose or detached in any manner.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 35, § 5; G.L. 1956, § 31-25-10; P.L. 1966,
ch. 270, § 1; P.L. 1973, ch. 119, § 1; P.L. 1974, ch. 31, § 1;
P.L. 1975, ch. 17, § 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 271, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 410,