Texas Health and Safety Code

Sec. § 773.017
Use of Certain External Motor Vehicle Markings or Features Prohibited; Criminal Offense


A person may not operate a motor vehicle in this state that resembles an emergency medical services vehicle unless the person uses the motor vehicle:


as an emergency medical services vehicle under this chapter; or


for other legitimate governmental functions, including police or firefighting services.


A motor vehicle resembles an emergency medical services vehicle if the motor vehicle has on the exterior of the motor vehicle any of the following markings or features:


the word “ambulance” or a derivation of that word;


a star of life as trademarked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;


a Maltese cross commonly used by fire departments;


forward-facing flashing red, white, or blue lights;


a siren;


the words “critical care transport,” “emergency,” “emergency medical services,” or “mobile intensive care unit”; or


the acronym “EMS” or “MICU”.


A person commits an offense if the person violates this section. An offense under this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor.


This section does not apply to a motor vehicle bearing a license plate issued or approved under Section 504.501 (Classic Motor Vehicles and Travel Trailers; Custom Vehicles; Street Rods) or 504.502 (Certain Exhibition Vehicles), Transportation Code.
Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 253 (H.B. 1249), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

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