A bill in the Iowa Senate would get tough with anyone who
fails to cover certain loads of loose material they are hauling.
Sponsored by Sen. Pat Ward, R-Des Moines, the bill would
require truckers who haul rocks or gravel to cover the load.
The bill wouldn’t apply to bulk material applied to a
highway or for winter snow or ice treatment. It also wouldn’t require loads of
hay, stover or other farm products to be covered.
Existing Iowa law requires gravel or rock-hauling trucks to
be covered but the rule doesn’t specify a penalty. Ward’s effort would mandate
a $100 fine.
She is considering an amendment to the bill that would
require trucking companies to pay for damages caused by flying debris, The Quad-City Times reported.
The bill – SF2033 – is in the Senate Transportation