FLORIDA SAFETY LAWS FOR PICK-UP TRUCKS

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Florida has several safety laws regarding pick-up truck cabs and riding in the bed of the truck. These laws are in place to encourage safe driving on Florida’s roads.

CAB SAFETY LAW (F.S. 316.614):

  • Florida Safety Belt Laws require that the driver of a pick up truck and its passengers under the age of 18 wear a seat belt.
  • The number of front seat passengers, required by law to wear a safety belt, may not exceed the number of seat belt restraints installed by the truck’s manufacturer. This means that a driver and any child riding in the front seat cannot be double buckled with another passenger.

RIDING IN THE BED OF A TRUCK (F.S. 316.2015):

  • Persons 18 years and older may ride unrestrained in the bed of a truck.
  • A child may ride in the bed of a truck with an adult only in a medical emergency.
  • Each county in Florida may exempt children from this law, with a majority vote and public hearing. In other words, counties could independently allow minors to ride in the bed of a truck. Check your counties rules.

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Jeffrey Meldon
Founder of the Meldon Law Firm