Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 522.011
License or Permit Required; Offense


(a)

A person may not drive a commercial motor vehicle unless:

(1)

the person:

(A)

has in the persons immediate possession a commercial drivers license issued by the department appropriate for the class of vehicle being driven; and

(B)

is not disqualified or subject to an out-of-service order;

(2)

the person:

(A)

has in the persons immediate possession a commercial learners permit and drivers license issued by the department; and

(B)

is accompanied by the holder of a commercial drivers license issued by the department with any necessary endorsements appropriate for the class of vehicle being driven, and the license holder:

(i)

for the purpose of giving instruction in driving the vehicle, at all times occupies a seat beside the permit holder or, in the case of a passenger vehicle, directly behind the driver in a location that allows for direct observation and supervision of the permit holder; and

(ii)

is not disqualified or subject to an out-of-service order; or

(3)

the person is authorized to drive the vehicle under Section 522.015 (License or Permit Issued by Other Jurisdiction).

(b)

A person commits an offense if the person violates Subsection (a).

(c)

An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500, except that the offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant was convicted of an offense under this section in the year preceding the date of the offense that is the subject of the trial.

(d)

It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(1)(A) if the person charged produces in court a commercial drivers license that:

(1)

was issued to the person;

(2)

is appropriate for the class of vehicle being driven; and

(3)

was valid when the offense was committed.

(e)

It is a defense to prosecution for a violation of Subsection (a)(2)(A) if the person charged produces in court a commercial learners permit or drivers license, as appropriate, that:

(1)

was issued to the person; and

(2)

was valid when the offense was committed.

(f)

The court may assess a defendant an administrative fee not to exceed $10 if a charge under this section is dismissed because of the defense listed under Subsection (e).
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 941, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 752 (H.B. 1888), Sec. 4, eff. January 1, 2016.
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