ALABAMA (WKRG) — There is something about riding in the back of a truck that gives people a sense of freedom, but is it legal in the state of Alabama?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Alabama has no state law or restrictions for riding in the back of a truck at any age.
Although there is no law pertaining to riding in the back of a truck, there are plenty of child passenger restraint laws.
According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, “Every person transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall provide for the protection of the child by properly using an aftermarket or integrated child passenger restraint system meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards and the requirements of subsection.”
“Motor vehicle” includes a passenger car, pickup truck, minivan or sports utility vehicle, according to ALEA.
The following are requirements:
- Infant only seats and convertible seats used in the rear facing position for infants until at least one year of age or 20 pounds
- Convertible seats in the forward position or forward facing seats until the child is at least five years of age or 40 pounds
- Booster seats until the child is six years of age
- Seat belts until 15 years of age