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.|