.23 Load Covers.

A. This regulation does not apply to a:

(1) Class K (farm area) vehicle as defined in Transportation Article, §13-935, Annotated Code of Maryland;

(2) Construction vehicle working within the confines of a public works construction work project site as outlined in the construction project's plans and specifications, provided the distance travelled does not exceed 1 mile or the distance specified in an extension granted by the Maryland Department of Transportation;

(3) Construction vehicle or mining equipment while crossing a highway between construction or mining sites; or

(4) Vehicle, within the Port of Baltimore for a distance not to exceed 1 mile, carrying a load of loose material between a stockpile or storage facility and a vessel docked at the Port.

B. This regulation applies to:

(1) Any vehicle, not otherwise exempted, manufactured on or before July 1, 1990 and carrying loose material if any part of the loose material is within 6 inches of the top of any bed enclosure it touches;

(2) Any vehicle, not otherwise exempted, manufactured after July 1, 1990 regardless of the loading of loose material;

(3) After January 1, 1992, any vehicle not otherwise exempted and regardless of loading of loose material.

C. The requirements of this regulation apply only to the issuance and certification of a safety equipment repair order and do not apply to a complete inspection required upon sale or transfer of ownership of a used vehicle. A safety equipment repair order may be certified only if the cover is present, fully covers the top of the bed, and meets the requirements of this regulation.

Procedures: Reject Vehicle If:
(1) Inspect cover for presence and size. (1) Cover is not present or does not fully cover the top of the vehicle bed.
(2) Inspect cover for holes, rips, tears, or broken mesh. (2) Cover contains holes, rips, tears, or broken mesh which would permit any part of the load to blow, fall, or spill from the bed.
(3) Inspect cover for proper mounting. (3) Cover is not securely attached to the bed.
(4) Inspect securement hardware for presence and condition. (4) Securement hardware is missing, broken, or damaged.