Texas Occupations Code

Sec. § 2151.002

In this chapter:


“Amusement ride” means a mechanical device that carries passengers along, around, or over a fixed or restricted course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving the passengers amusement, pleasure, or excitement. The term does not include:


a coin-operated ride that:


is manually, mechanically, or electrically operated;


is customarily placed in a public location; and


does not normally require the supervision or services of an operator;


nonmechanized playground equipment, including a swing, seesaw, stationary spring-mounted animal feature, rider-propelled merry-go-round, climber, playground slide, trampoline, and physical fitness device; or


a challenge course or any part of a challenge course if the person who operates the challenge course has an insurance policy currently in effect written by an insurance company authorized to do business in this state or by a surplus lines insurer, as defined by Chapter 981 (Surplus Lines Insurance), Insurance Code, or has an independently procured policy subject to Chapter 101 (Unauthorized Insurance), Insurance Code, insuring the operator against liability for injury to persons arising out of the use of the challenge course, in an amount not less than:


for facilities with a fixed location:
$100,000 bodily injury and $50,000 property damage per occurrence, with a $300,000 annual aggregate; or
a $150,000 per occurrence combined single limit, with a $300,000 annual aggregate; and


for facilities other than those with a fixed location:
$1,000,000 bodily injury and $500,000 property damage per occurrence; or
$1,500,000 per occurrence combined single limit.


“Class A amusement ride” means an amusement ride with a fixed location designed primarily for use by children younger than 13 years of age.


“Class B amusement ride” means an amusement ride that is not a Class A amusement ride.


“Commissioner” means the commissioner of insurance.


“Department” means the Texas Department of Insurance.


“Mobile amusement ride” means an amusement ride that is designed or adapted to be moved from one location to another and is not fixed at a single location.
Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 14.701(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 363 (S.B. 1282), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

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