Is riding in the bed of a truck in Texas illegal?

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Yes and no. Here is the official statute:
Transportation Code 545.414. Riding in Open Beds; Offense
(a) A person commits an offense if the person operates an open-bed pickup truck or an open flatbed truck or draws an open flatbed trailer when a child younger than 18 years of age is occupying the bed of the truck or trailer.
(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $200.
(c) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the person was:
(1) operating or towing the vehicle in a parade or in an emergency;
(2) operating the vehicle to transport farmworkers from one field to another field on a farm-to-market road, ranch-to-market road, or county road outside a municipality;
(3) operating the vehicle on a beach;
(4) operating a vehicle that is the only vehicle owned or operated by members of the household;
(5) or operating the vehicle in a hayride permitted by the governing body of or law enforcement agency of each county or municipality in which the hayride will occur.
(a) Compliance or noncompliance with Subsection (a) is not admissible evidence in a civil trial.
(b) In this section, "household" has the meaning assigned by Section 71.005, Family Code.
It is legal in TX as long as the bed is covered. Never carry anyone in the bed of a truck unless they are properly restrained see
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Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in Arkansas illegal?

Yes, riding in the back of a pickup truck for recreation is illegalin the state of Arkansas. Only workers can ride in the back of atruck if it is for things such as road work.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck illegal in Indiana?

According to the insurance institute for highway safety, Indiana has no such restrictions the full list of states and their passenger cargo area laws can be found at: http://www.iihs.org/laws/cargoAreas.aspx

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck illegal in Tennessee?

No, it is not illegal for anyone over the age of 12, however it is illegal in most cases for anyone under the age of 12. The Tennessee 2007 Driver's Study Guide also points this out... It is against the law to allow children under the age of 12 to ride in the bed of a pickup truck. The only exceptions are: 1. When the vehicle is being used in an organized parade, procession or other ceremonial event. 2. When the vehicle is being used for agricultural purposes. 3. For certain local areas where children over age six, but not yet 12 years old, are in pickup trucks traveling on local streets and roads. These road exceptions should be checked locally. Even with these exceptions, if a child under the age of six is in the pickup truck bed, the vehicle must travel 20 miles per hour or less.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in Oklahoma illegal?

Oklahoma law does not require. safety belt use in trucks, truck-. tractors, recreational vehicles,. motorcycles, postal service route. carrier vehicles or farm tagged. vehicles used primarily for farm use.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck illegal in Alabama?

No, it is not illegal for a person or persons to ride in the backof a pickup truck in Alabama. Other states where it is legal areIowa, Idaho, and Alaska.

Is riding in back of a truck in Tennessee illegal?

It depends. It is true that passengers riding in a vehicle in the state of Tenn, must be wearing a seat belt, but Tennessee state law provides rules for riding in the bed of a truck. Persons under six years of age are not permitted to ride in the bed of a pickup on any road in Tennessee. Children between six and 11 years old may legally ride in the bed of the truck on city street and county highways. They may not ride in the truck bed on state highways or interstate highways. Persons aged 12 and up my be transported in a truck bed on all highways within the state of Tennessee. Counties and cities have the right to pass ordinances to prohibit transporting children in truck bed on their highways. This information is based on T.C.A. 55-8-189. You can read it here:http:/www.michie.com/tennessee/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm&cp=tncode

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in Ohio illegal?

Riding in the back of an unenclosed cargo storage area of a truck or trailer traveling over 25 mph is illegal for persons under age 16. It is illegal for everyone if the tail-gate is unlatched.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in South Carolina illegal?

South Carolina says it is alright for: people 15 and older; people 15 and younger when an adult is present; when the child is belted; parade; emergency situation; agricultural activities; hunting; vehicle has a secured metal tailgate and operated less than 36 mph; vehicle operated in county information obtained from: http://www.iihs.org/laws/cargoAreas.aspx

Is riding in the back of a truck illegal in Washington State?

"Washington does not have a law that prevents persons from riding in pickup beds. However, the seat belt law does require that all passenger positions with safety belts be utilized. Example: If there are five seating positions in the pickup and there are only two adults in the passenger compartment but three other persons in the pickup bed, the driver (depending on the age of the persons in the pickup bed) could be issued a Notice of Infraction.". From the Washington State Patrol FAQ. http://www.wsp.wa.gov/newsfaqs/faqs.htm

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in Maine illegal?

I believe you must be 18 and all seatbelts in the cab need to be occupied

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck illegal in California?

Generally, riding in the back of a pick up truck is illegal in California unless the rider is secured by restraints. You can read the law and the exceptions at the link provided below.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in Nevada illegal?

Certain restrictions apply in Nevada. Those people that ARE allowed to ride in the back of a pickup are as follows :- Age 18 or older; people younger than 18 when the vehicle is used in farming or ranching or if vehicle is used in an authorized parade; vehicles operated on unpaved roads; people riding in areas enclosed by a camper shell. Source : Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: http://www.iihs.org/laws/cargoareas.aspx#NV

Is it legal to ride in the bed of a pickup truck in Texas?

According to this statute I found, it is not always legal: "§ 545.414. RIDING IN OPEN BEDS OFFENSE. (a) A person commits an offense if the person operates an open-bed pickup truck or an open flatbed truck or draws an open flatbed trailer when a child younger than 18 years of age is occupying the bed of the truck or trailer. If under 18 the bed must be covered."

Is it legal to ride in a truck bed in California?

It is legal in the state of California as long as you are in a device that meets FMVSS safety standards. See www.bedryder.com

Is it legal to ride in a truck bed?

Nope there are no seat belts but I think it is ok if you are on private property

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck illegal in Kentucky?

No , there are no state laws regarding this. Some states use the seatbelt law to prohibit. Never carry passengers in the bed of a truck without the proper restraining device.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in Florida illegal?

These are the conditions that make it legal to ride in the bed of a pickup truck in Florida: all persons 18 and older; persons 17 and younger in an enclosed cargo area; persons 17 and younger on non-limited-access roads unless local law exempts them from the prohibition on minors riding the cargo areas of pickup trucks and flatbeds; persons 17 and younger on non-limited-access roads in a seat fitted with a safety belt that has been added to the pickup or flatbed; employees on duty Never carry passengers unrestrained in the bed of a pickup truck.

Is it legal for a dog to ride in the bed of a truck in California?

Don't know if it's legal, but it's definitely stupid, unless the dog is secured to the bed of the truck somehow. I don't care how well trained your pooch may be, etc., but what if it decides to go after another dog on the street, or you have to stop suddenly, or someone slams into the side of your truck? Over the side goes Fluffy. It's about as smart as people who drive with little Cuddles in their arms, instead of having two hands on the wheel, and Spot in the back seat, behind one of those metal grills. Distractions such as these, coupled with cell phones, are unnecessary, avoidable, and accident risks.

Is it legal to ride in the bed of a truck legal in Boise Idaho?

yes it is I have asked 3 officers and they all said that it is you can even ride in the back on the freeway

Is it illegal to ride in the bed of a truck in Florida?

Yes, it is legal in the State of Florida as long as they are seated and belted.

Is it legal in Oklahoma to ride in the back bed of a truck?

There is no law currently prohibiting this activity, however that doesn't mean you should not protect your passengers. Use a device that eliminates the biggest risk associated with riding in a truck bed - ejection. The BedRyder is the only truck bed seating device that meets FMVSS standards.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck illegal?

States that have no law prohibiting it: Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The remaining 30 states have laws primarily designed for the protection of children. Some of them extend to ages as old as 19, while a few prohibit any riding in the back. Probably the most lenient is Colorado's law, which allows back riding as long as the riders are seated and the area is enclosed on all four sides: sorry, but no hanging your feet off the tailgate. Most states restrict this based on age. The following states allow back riders older than age 18; Florida, Georgia, Maine (older than age 19), Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Some states set age 16 as the cutoff point: Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Other states have lower age limits: Kansas (14), Louisiana (12), Massachusetts (12), South Carolina (15), and Tennessee (12). These states prohibit back riding unless specific conditions are present: Arkansas, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Utah, and Wisconsin (work-related); Hawaii (no room in the passenger compartment); and New York (limited by length of trip and age of passengers.) Pennsylvania- PASSENGERS IN AN OPEN-BED TRUCK An open-bed pickup truck or open flatbed truck may not be driven at a speed of more than 35 mph, if any person is occupying the bed of the truck. Such a truck may not be driven with a child under 18 years of age is occupying the bed of the truck. Exceptions to this law are: • A child of a farmer, who is being transported between parts of a farm or farms owned or operated by the farmer in order to perform work on the farm or farms. • A child employed to perform farm labor, who is being transported between parts of a farm or farms owned or operated by the child's employer or employers. • A child possessing a valid hunting license, who is being transported between a hunting camp and a hunting site or between hunting sites during hunting season. • A child, who is a participant in an officially sanctioned parade, only during the course of the parade.

Can children ride in the truck bed in MN?

The state of Minnesota currently has no restrictions on riding in a truck bed. No one should ride in a truck bed without a proper restraining device to prevent falling out.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck illegal in Hawaii?

It is illegal to ride in the back of a pickup in Hawaii unlessthere is no room in the passenger section of the truck. There arealso other restrictions pertaining to the action depending upon thearea that is traveled.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in Minnesota illegal?

There is no law restricting passengers in the cargo area of a pick up truck in MN according to www.iihs.org/laws/cargoareas.aspx

Is it legal to ride in bed of truck in Missouri?

No, it is illegal to ride in the bed of a truck in Missouri, because riding on the exterior of the vehicle (which includes the bed of the truck) is illegal.

Is riding in the bed of a truck in New Mexico illegal?

you have to be 18or older and all the seats in the cab have to be taken up

Is it legal for dogs to ride in the bed of a truck in Washington State?

No it is not legal.. It took some finding but here is an excerpt of the link I will add to this: California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Rhode Island, and Hawaii have all passed laws restricting the transportation of dogs in the back of a pickup. Other states have bills pending. http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/1295073455.html First of all I have seen some horrendous dog injuries because of a owner doing this. Yes I lived in California and had my dogs in the back of my truck three to be exact.. they had seats back there, harnesses that kept them in, goggles and socks for their feet and if it was really cold Jackets too on.. Yah they were a sight but I loved them and when I stopped they got unharnessed and the gear off and they were leashed up to the truck and there was a wood frame around my truck so they could not jump out and hang themselves but still enjoy the windy ride :) So DON'T do it too many bad things can and will happen to your dog. If you don't feel you can have him in the cab with you for whatever reasons then don't take the doggie.. simple!

Is it legal for dogs to ride in bed of truck in Indiana?

The Article on Humane Transport of Animals, Section 3 (Domesticated house breeds), Sub-section 1C (Dogs) refers to the following;. "Provided the animal is of a size not larger than a fully-grown male potbelly pig (later this was corrected to a maximum length of 150cm and maximum height of 50cm), and is not smaller in length than the average chicken (for some reason they chose not to fix this), the State of Indiana deems it acceptable for the animal to be contained within the rear enclosure (covered or not) of a utility vehicle. The animal must be in generally 'good' physical condition - i.e. the animal must have a minimum of four operational legs (?), and be of sound mental health to avoid the animal leaping from the vehicle whilst traveling." Hope this helps.

Is it legal to ride in the bed of a truck in sc?

Yes. It is very much legal as long as there is a guardian the age of 16 or older.. yes

Is it legal in New Mexico to ride in bed of truck?

HONEST ANSWER: It is unlawful in ALL states. However unless the vehicle is clearly overloaded or the riders are acting in a 'disorderly' fashion, or the vehicle is tavelling on a 'high-speed' roadway, it is one of those offenses that is generally overlooked by law enforcement.

Is it legal to ride in back of truck in texas?

It is illegal to allow anyone under 18 to ride in the open bed of a pickup.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck in Alabama illegal?

Yes it is legal. Never carry passengers unrestrained in the bed of a pickup truck.

Is riding in the bed of a truck in Virginia illegal?

In Virginia, the law prohibiting passengers in the truck bed does not apply to anyone older than 16, agricultural workers moving from field to field or people riding in parades.

Is riding in the back of the truck illegal in Utah?

No...It is not illegal in Utah to ride in the back of a truck except on the freeway. Seatbelts are not required per Utah law for passengers sitting in areas which are primarily used to carry a load (obviously the bed of a truck is meant to carry a load). This law was to prevent people from riding on improper portions of a vehicle such as, fenders, hoods, etc. There are no age restrictions to ride in the back of a truck. Seatbelt laws only apply to people riding within a passenger compartment of a vehicle. I am a police officer in Utah.

How old do you have to be to ride in the truck bed?

Here's a statute I found: 20‑135.2B. Transporting children under 12 years of age in open bed or open cargo area of a vehicle prohibited; exceptions. (a) The operator of a vehicle having an open bed or open cargo area shall insure that no child under 12 years of age is transported in the bed or cargo area of that vehicle. An open bed or open cargo area is a bed or cargo area without permanent overhead restraining construction. (b) Subsection (a) of this section does not apply in any of the following circumstances: (1) An adult is present in the bed or cargo area of the vehicle and is supervising the child. (2) The child is secured or restrained by a seat belt manufactured in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, installed to support a load strength of not less than 5,000 pounds for each belt, and of a type approved by the Commissioner. (3) An emergency situation exists. (4) The vehicle is being operated in a parade pursuant to a valid permit. (5) The vehicle is being operated in an agricultural enterprise. (6) The vehicle is being operated in a county that has no incorporated area with a population in excess of 3,500. (c) Any person violating this section shall have committed an infraction and shall pay a penalty of twenty‑five dollars ($25.00). Conviction of an infraction under this section has no consequence other than payment of a penalty. A person found responsible for a violation of this section may not be assessed court costs. (d) No drivers license points or insurance surcharge shall be assessed on account of violation of this section. (1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 672, s. 1; 1995, c. 163, s. 7; 1999‑183, s. 4.)

Is it legal in Illinois to ride in truck bed?

There is no Illinois Law at this time which specifically prohibits passengers from riding in the cargo bed of a pickup. However, the seat belt laws do restrict who can ride in the bed. The Child Passenger Safety act requires that children under the age of 16 be fastened in a seat belt or child safety seat, so no one under 16 can ride in the pickup bed. In addition, if the driver of the pickup is under 18, all passengers under age 19 must be in approved seat belts, so unless the truck has factory mounted seats in the bed, no persons under 19 can ride there. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Can_you_ride_in_back_of_truck_in_Illinois#ixzz1YcNaiF5z

Illegal to ride in truck bed in Kentucky?

i live in boone county i ask a boone county deputy and he said to ride in the bed you had to be 18 years or older but i only asked one deputy so i still dont do it but that is what he said.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck illegal in Ontario?

yes because a lot of people do not set in the back only in front so if you want to set the front their has to be 2 or 3 if you are over weight 2 people if on diet maybe 3

Is it illegal to ride in the back of a truck in Georgia?

It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 18 to ride as a passenger in the uncovered bed of a pickup truck on any interstate highway in this state. The driver of any vehicle in violation of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Is it illegal to ride in the back of a pick up truck in Idaho?

No, there are currently no laws stating that riding in the bed of trucks is prohibited.

Is it illegal for a truck driver to give you a ride?

yes but it depends where you are Another View: Not necessarily - If the driver is an "independent owner-operator" he may if he wishes. Company fleet drivers may have company regulations against picking up hitch-hikers but there is no universal law against this practice. It may be unwise, but it is not illegal.

Is a dog riding in the bed a truck in Texas illegal?

No, it is not illegal however certain cities like Austin forexample have ordinances that say it is illegal for the dog to beloose or untethered while in the bed of a pick up.

Is it illegal to ride in the back of a pick up truck in Indiana?

It is illegal on through roads and highways. On country roads, it is technically illegal, but not enforced. Safety first!

Is it illegal to ride through a car wash in a truck bed in Ohio?

It is incredibly illegal. So If you were dared, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DO THIS!!

Is it illegal to drive without the bed of your truck on the truck?

Nope, so long as you have tail lights, brake lights, turn signals,and reverse lights. Don't forget mud flaps behind your rear wheels. And you MAY have tohave a bumper or "ICC bar" to protect from a rear end accident. (it keeps a vehicle in a rear end accident from driving under yourtruck)

Is it illegal to ride in the back of a pick up truck in Texas?

It is illegal to allow anyone under 18 to ride in the open bed of a pickup.

Is it illegal to ride in back of truck in Texas?

It is illegal to let anyone under 18 to ride in an open bed of a pickup.

What age is legal to ride on a truck bed in Washington state?

in WA it is illegal to ride in a truck bed at any age. You must have setbelts

Is it illegal to drive without a bed on your truck?

For comercial drivers it is not allowed to use "Sleeper Berth" on your log book unless there is a sleeper (bed) in the truck. But you can drive without a bed as long as you follow the rules. Not also that you must have an actual DOT legal sleeper in order to be able to use the Sleeper Berth line - a bed alone does not make it a DOT legal sleeper. The FMSCA website has the required specifications for a DOT legal sleeper. Additionally, you don't want to be caught sleeping in that vehicle if you have to log your down time as Off Duty. If, for example, you're running a hotshot with a pickup, and you stop in a rest area only to find that DOT set up an inspection station there, you will get hammered if a motor carrier enforcement officer sees that you were in that vehicle while you were on the off duty line. Now, if you're referring to just driving a cab and chassis truck, and not referring to a sleeper berth in a CMV, that's perfectly legal, so long as you meet the lighting requirements at the rear of the vehicle.