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riding in open bed of truck

In most states there are laws (statutes) and local ordinances (enacted by cities or towns) that place restrictions on people (and animals) riding in the open (uncovered) bed of a truck. But the specifics of these laws vary significantly from state to state

In approximately 19 states there is no state law against riding in the open bed of truck. These states include:

• Alabama

• Alaska

• Delaware

• Idaho

• Illinois

• Iowa (local ordinances may prohibit it)

• Kentucky

• Minnesota

• Mississippi

• Montana

• New Hampshire

• North Dakota

• Oklahoma

• South Dakota

• Vermont

• Washington

• West Virginia

• Wyoming

Laws are constantly evolving—a state legislature may enact a new statute or a city or town may pass a new ordinance and change the law at any time—so always be sure to determine the current status of the law in your state, city, or town.

In Texas, state law does place restrictions on riding in the open bed of a truck. According to Texas Transportation Code Section 545.414, it is generally prohibited for persons under the age of 18 to ride in the open bed of a pickup truck or flatbed truck on the highway. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as when the vehicle is being operated in a parade, during an emergency, or on a beach; if the vehicle is the only family vehicle; or if the vehicle is being operated in a rural area. It's important to note that local ordinances may impose additional restrictions, and laws can change, so it's always advisable to check the most current regulations in your specific area. Adults over the age of 18 are not restricted by state law from riding in the open bed of a truck in Texas.

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