Do I need to cover my load with a tarp?

Federal regulation and state law do not specifically require tarps, but some city ordinances require certain types of cargo be tarped, such as sand, gravel, dirt, mulch, etc.

  • Federal cargo securement regulation (49 CFR §393.100) requires all cargo be secured to prevent the cargo from leaking, spilling, blowing or falling from the motor vehicle. 
  • Kansas state law (KSA 8-1906) requires all vehicles be constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping therefrom.

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1. Do I need to cover my load with a tarp?
2. When does a load require a flag?
3. How many securement devices do I need to secure my cargo?