Missouri town passes tarp law for trucks

| 8/3/2005

The City Council of Jefferson City, MO, approved a provision Monday, Aug. 1 that requires truckers hauling loads of dirt, gravel and brush to cover those loads with a tarp.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reported the rule is intended to decrease broken and cracked windshields caused by gravel and other debris falling from trucks.

Once councilman added, however, the rule is also intended to prevent wrecks caused by drivers who swerve when their windshields are struck by gravel.

Critics of the bill charge that it won’t work because gravel can also be found on other areas of the trucks, including fenders, tires and other ledges.

The rule even requires the city’s own dump trucks to comply, though snow-removal trucks hauling salt and other materials will be exempt.