2022 Texas Statutes
Transportation Code
Title 7 - Vehicles and Traffic
Subtitle E - Vehicle Size and Weight
Chapter 622 - Special Provisions and Exceptions for Oversize or Overweight Vehicles
Subchapter J. Certain Vehicles Transporting Recyclable Materials
Section 622.134. Surety Bond

Sec. 622.134. SURETY BOND. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (c), the owner of a vehicle covered by this subchapter with a tandem axle weight heavier than 34,000 pounds shall before operating the vehicle on a public highway of this state file with the department a surety bond subject to the approval of the Texas Department of Transportation in the principal amount set by the Texas Department of Transportation not to exceed $15,000 for each vehicle.

(b) The bond must be conditioned that the owner of the vehicle will pay, within the limits of the bond, to the Texas Department of Transportation any damage to a highway, to a county any damage to a county road, and to a municipality any damage to a municipal street caused by the operation of the vehicle.

(c) Subsection (a) does not apply to a vehicle owned by a municipality or a county.

(d) A copy of the bond shall be:

(1) carried on the vehicle when the vehicle is on a public highway; and

(2) presented to an officer authorized to enforce this chapter on request of the officer.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 30.136(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 436, Sec. 1, eff. July 15, 1997. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 941, Sec. 40, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 942, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1345 (S.B. 1420), Sec. 68, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 622.135. INTERSTATE AND DEFENSE HIGHWAYS. (a) This subchapter does not authorize the operation on the national system of interstate and defense highways in this state of a vehicle of a size or weight greater than authorized in 23 U.S.C. Section 127, as amended.

(b) If the United States government authorizes the operation on the national system of interstate and defense highways of vehicles of a size or weight greater than those authorized on January 1, 1983, the new limit automatically takes effect on the national system of interstate and defense highways in this state.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 30.136(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 436, Sec. 1, eff. July 15, 1997.

Without reference to the amendment of this section by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 942, Sec. 6, this section was repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 941, Sec. 44 effective September 1, 2001.

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