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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 23 : Motor Vehicles

Chapter 013 : Operation of Vehicles

Subchapter 015 : Weight, Size, Loads

(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 1452)
  • § 1452. Securing loads of wood or wood products

    (a) As used in this section:

    (1) “Load” means the total of wood or wood products being carried.

    (2) “Tier” means the total vertical height of all wood or wood products arranged individually or in layers, or in bundles placed one above the other.

    (3) “Binding” means chain, wire rope, steel cable, steel strapping, or nylon webbing together with tightening device.

    (b) A person may not operate a motor truck, truck tractor, trailer, or semi-trailer on a public highway carrying wood or wood products unless the load is securely fastened to the vehicle and each load or tier up to a length of five feet inclusive shall be fastened with one binding; if the length exceeds five feet but does not exceed 10 feet, it shall be fastened with two bindings; if the length exceeds 10 feet, it shall be fastened with three bindings.

    (c) The ends of any bindings, whether the vehicle is loaded or unloaded, shall be so secured that loose ends do not endanger pedestrians, motorists, or other vehicles using the highway.

    (d) Any bindings used hereunder shall have a capacity of at least 2,750 pounds working load limit as rated by the manufacturer.

    (e) This section shall not be construed to include a truck transporting lumber, wood, or sawmill wastes, when transported in a box-type body with solid sides, provided that such truck is not loaded higher than its side-boards. (Amended 1967, No. 326 (Adj. Sess.); 1971, No. 118, eff. April 26, 1971; 2019, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 206.)