Haulers Reminded to Secure Loads

The City of Sioux Falls is reminding haulers of all kinds to secure their loads.

The City’s “Protection of Load” ordinance (§73.006) requirements are applicable to any vehicle carrying a load that could drop, sift, leak, or otherwise be placed in the roadway. City ordinance requires haulers to prevent both big items and small items like landscaping rock, grass clippings, garbage, chunks of asphalt and concrete, rock, soil, and more from dropping onto the street by securing their loads. The ordinance states, “No person shall operate on any street or highway in the city any vehicle with any load unless the load and any covering is securely fastened to prevent the covering or load from becoming loose, detached or in any manner a hazard to other users of the highway.” This prevents damage to other vehicles using the same roadways, damage to the roadways themselves, and possible injury to pedestrians and drivers.

“It is critical that our haulers prevent their materials from impacting motorists, riders, and pedestrians,” says City Council Chair Rick Kiley. “We as a city must do everything we can to make sure our streets and highways are safe from falling debris.”

The City monitors complaints of violations of this ordinance and takes the appropriate enforcement action if violations are found. Open loads not secured and leaving debris behind on the roadway could be issued a $120 citation by Police. In addition, untarped loads arriving at the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill will be charged a $25 fee.

To report someone hauling a load that is leaving debris behind, please call the Sioux Falls Police Department at 605-367-7000.