Florida Safety Laws For Pick-Up Trucks
Several unique Florida laws are in place to address safety for riding in pickup truck cabs or the truck bed to encourage safe driving on Florida’s roads.
The Florida law pertaining to cab safety, F.S. 316.614, states that the driver of a pickup truck and passengers under 18 years old must wear a seat belt. Further, 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 Truck Bed
The Florida law pertaining to riding in the bed of a pickup truck, F.S. 316.2015, states:
- Minors under the age of 18 years old may NOT ride unrestrained in a truck bed without an installed and approved safety belt.
- 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 county’s rules.
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