AGC Opposes Covered Loads Bill

AGC is opposing covered loads legislation. House Bill 1007:

  • Requires that from August 1 2013 through June 30 2014 any vehicles operating on a paved public highway hauling dirt sand rocks or gravel susceptible to escaping must use a cover if the vehicle is equipped with a load cover.
  • Requires that after June 30 2014 a vehicle operating on a paved public highway hauling dirt sand rocks or gravel susceptible to escaping must use a cover and must not exceed the horizontal freeboard of the bed of the vehicle hauling the load.
  • Provides an exemption for the Department of Transportation when applying deicers and sand for snow and ice control maintenance operations for emergencies or maintenance on closed roads but still requires six inches of freeboard.
  • Requires the Washington State Patrol to conduct random emphasis patrols to enforce covered load requirements.

The bill is sponsored by Reps. Kagi Clibborn Stanford Ryu Moscoso Hudgins Reykdal Fitzgibbon Appleton Maxwell Green and Fey.

For more information contact AGC Legislative Counsel Van Collins 360-352-5000.