Demonstration in Olowalu promotes compliance with uncovered truck law

Malama Maui Nui, in partnership with the County of Maui and the Maui Police Department, held an uncovered truck law demonstration at the Olowalu Recycling and Refuse Convenience Center on Jan. 25. The purpose of the demonstration was to educate the public on the safety and environmental hazards that occur when rubbish, recyclables and other debris fly out of uncovered truck beds and onto Maui’s roadways, according to an announcement.

Hawaii Revised Statutes 291C-131 designates that any vehicle traveling on a highway must have its load of loose paper, rubbish, plastics, empty cartons, dirt, sand or gravel entirely covered to prevent any piece of that load from escaping the vehicle.

Officers Edith Quintero and Kean Uyehara accompanied Malama Maui Nui road crew staff to emphasize the importance of this law.

First-time violators can expect a fine of $250 to $500.

The second violation, if cited within a year of the first, delivers a fine between $500 and $750, plus suspension of the vehicle registration and/or license of the driver for at least five working days.

Because this demonstration at Olowalu was an educational event, no one was cited.

Out of the 78 vehicles that came to the Olowalu Center during the four-hour demonstration, a total of 30 vehicles had properly covered their loads and 48 were found to be in violation.

As an incentive to comply with the law, HouseMart Ace Hardware offered a discount coupon to all demonstration participants to purchase a cargo net from their stores in Kihei, Pukalani and Lahaina.

For questions regarding the uncovered truck law and what types of cargo need to be covered, call Malama Maui Nui at 877-2524 or visit