NC Children in the Back of Pickup Trucks Law
- G.S. 20-135.2B
Summary of law
» This law covers children less than age 16 riding in open
beds of pickup trucks or other open cargo area.
» Vehicles having open beds or cargo areas without permanent
overhead restraining construction.
» Transport in open bed or open cargo area prohibited.
» If adult is present in bed or cargo area and is supervising
» If child is secured or restrained by seat belt in compliance
with FMVSS 208 installed to support load of 5,000 lbs. for each
belt and of a type approved by the Commissioner.
» An emergency situation exists
» Vehicle is being operated in a parade.
» The vehicle is being operated in an agricultural enterprise, including providing transportation to and from the principal place of the agricultural enterprise.
» Driver responsible for all children less than age 16.
» Penalty of not more than $25.00, even if more than one child less than 16 years of age is riding in the open bed or open cargo area of a vehicle.
» No court costs apply.
» No driver license points
» No insurance points.
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