Nantucket Police to increase uncovered load enforcement

NANTUCKET – From Nantucket Police: “The Nantucket Police Deparment will increase its enforcement of uncovered loads on Madasket Road starting this weekend. Nantucket Police are working closely with the Nantucket Department of Public Works to address the continuing problem of roadside trash along Madasket Road approaching the Nantucket Landfill. The trash allowed to blow out of vehicles is in violation of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 85 Section 36:

Chapter 85 Section 36. No person shall drive or move a motor vehicle in any way, as defined in section of chapter ninety, nor shall the owner or bailee of any vehicle permit the same to be operated or loaded on any such way, unless said vehicle is constructed or loaded so as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping therefor, and if it is loaded with sand, gravel, load, dirt, stone or rubbish or debris that could fall on other vehicles or on the highway and create litter or potential hazards to other vehicles, unless its load is fully and adequately covered. This section shall not prohibit the dropping of sand for the purpose of securing traction, of the sprinkling of water or other substance in such a way in cleaning or maintaining the same. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars no more than two hundred dollars.

If you are loading your vehicle for operation on the roadway, make sure to properly cover the load so as to not allow any trash to escape, If an operator of a vehicle is observed in violation of Chapter 85 Section 36, the vehicle will be stopped and strict enforcement action will result. Drive safe and do your part in keeping the island safe.”



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