(625 ILCS 5/15-109.1)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-109.1)
Covers or tarpaulins required for certain loads.
(a) No person shall operate or cause to be operated, on a highway, any
division vehicle loaded with dirt, aggregate, garbage, refuse, or other
similar material, when any portion of the load is falling, sifting,
blowing, dropping or in any way escaping from the vehicle.
(b) No person shall operate or cause to be operated, on a highway, any
second division vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,000 pounds or
more loaded with dirt, aggregate, garbage, refuse, or other
similar material in or on any part of the vehicle other than in the cargo
area. In addition, no person shall operate on any highway, such vehicle
unless the tailgate on the vehicle is in good repair and operating condition
and closes securely so as to prevent any load, residue, or other material from
(c) This Section shall not apply to the operation of highway maintenance
vehicles engaged in removing snow and ice from the roadway, nor to
implements of husbandry or other farm vehicles while transporting
agricultural products to or from the original place of production.
(d) For the purpose of this Section "aggregate" shall include all ores,
minerals, sand, gravel, shale, coal, clay, limestone or any other ore or
mineral which may be mined.
(e) Notwithstanding any other penalty, whenever a police officer
that the operator of a vehicle is in violation of this Section, as evidenced
by the issuance of a citation for a violation of Section 15-109.1 of this
Code, or where a police officer determines that a dangerous condition exists
whereby any portion of the load may fall, sift, blow, drop, or in any way
or fall from the vehicle,
the police officer shall require the operator to stop the vehicle in
a suitable place and keep such vehicle stationary until the load has either
been reduced, secured, or covered with a cover or tarpaulin of sufficient
size to prevent any further violation of this Section.
(f) Any violation of the provisions of this Section shall be a petty
offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $250.
(Source: P.A. 91-858, eff. 1-1-01.)