Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 547.202
Department Certification or Approval of Vehicle Equipment


(a)

When or after an item of vehicle equipment is sold in this state, the department shall determine whether a department standard is prescribed for the item. If a department standard is prescribed, the department shall determine whether the item complies with the standard.

(b)

If a standard of an agency of the United States or of the department is not prescribed, the department by rule may require departmental approval before the sale of the item.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Sec. 547.203. VEHICLE EQUIPMENT TESTING: DEPARTMENT STANDARDS. (a) The department shall prescribe standards for and approve testing facilities to:

(1)

review test data submitted by a manufacturer to show compliance with a department standard; and

(2)

test an item of vehicle equipment independently in connection with a proceeding to determine compliance with a department standard.

(b)

The department may not impose a product certification or approval fee, including a fee for testing facility approval.

(c)

The department may:

(1)

by rule, require a manufacturer of an item of vehicle equipment sold in this state to submit adequate test data to show that the item complies with department standards;

(2)

periodically require a manufacturer to submit revised test data to demonstrate continuing compliance;

(3)

purchase an item of vehicle equipment at retail for the purpose of review and testing under Subsection (a); and

(4)

enter into cooperative arrangements with other states and interstate agencies to reduce duplication of testing and to facilitate compliance with rules under Subsection (c)(1).
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Sec. 547.204. VEHICLE EQUIPMENT TESTING: FEDERAL STANDARDS. (a) For a vehicle or item of vehicle equipment subject to a motor vehicle safety standard of the United States, the department may, on or after the first sale of the vehicle or item of vehicle equipment:

(1)

require the manufacturer to submit adequate test data to show that the vehicle or item of vehicle equipment complies with standards of the United States;

(2)

review the manufacturers laboratory test data and the qualifications of the laboratory; and

(3)

independently test the vehicle or item of vehicle equipment.

(b)

The department may not require certification or approval of an item of vehicle equipment subject to a motor vehicle safety standard of the United States.

(c)

The department may not require a manufacturer of a vehicle or of an item of vehicle equipment subject to a motor vehicle safety standard of the United States to use an outside laboratory or a specified laboratory.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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