Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 545.4191
Person Riding in Trailer or Semitrailer Drawn by Truck, Road Tractor, or Truck Tractor


A person may not operate a truck, road tractor, or truck tractor when another person occupies a trailer or semitrailer being drawn by the truck, road tractor, or truck tractor.


It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:


the person was operating or towing the vehicle:


in a parade or in an emergency;


to transport farmworkers from one field to another field on a farm-to-market road, ranch-to-market road, or county road outside a municipality; or


in a hayride permitted by the governing body of or a law enforcement agency of each county or municipality in which the hayride will occur;


the person operating or towing the vehicle did not know that another person occupied the trailer or semitrailer; or


the person occupying the trailer or semitrailer was in a part of the trailer or semitrailer designed for human habitation.


An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 641, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
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