California may change fines for objects that fall off trucks

| 4/29/2005

Fines levied on trucks whose loads are not properly secured could soon change in California.

Current law forbids allowing any part of a truck’s load – except clear water or feathers from live birds – from falling off the vehicle. Any object falling off a truck can result in a fine of $134, according to a staffer for Assembly Member Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine.

However, a bill sponsored by DeVore, AB1087, would change the fines, basing them on the size of the object falling from the truck. If the object were less than 10 square feet, the fine would be $50; if any of the objects dropped were greater than 10 square feet in size, that fine would increase to $500.

An earlier version of the bill would have applied the fine for every object that dropped off a truck.

The latest version of the bill, now making its way through the state’s Legislature, keeps a provision now in the law that makes a second offense a misdemeanor.

The Assembly Transportation Committee unanimously approved AB1087 April 28. The bill was forwarded to the Appropriations Committee. It would have to be approved by the full Assembly and the Senate, and be signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, before it would become law.