Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 547.408
Performance Requirements for Brakes


(a)

A motor vehicle or combination of vehicles shall be equipped with service brakes capable of:

(1)

developing a braking force that is not less than:

(A)

52.8 percent of the gross weight of the vehicle for a passenger vehicle; or

(B)

43.5 percent of the gross weight of the vehicle for a vehicle other than a passenger vehicle;

(2)

decelerating to a stop from 20 miles per hour or less at not less than:

(A)

17 feet per second per second for a passenger vehicle; or

(B)

14 feet per second per second for other vehicles; and

(3)

stopping from a speed of 20 miles per hour in a distance, measured from the location where the service brake pedal or control is activated, of not more than:

(A)

25 feet for a passenger vehicle;

(B)

30 feet for a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or single unit vehicle with a manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less;

(C)

40 feet for:

(i)

a single unit vehicle with a manufacturers gross weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds;

(ii)

a two-axle towing vehicle and trailer combination with a weight of 3,000 pounds or less;

(iii)

a bus that does not have a manufacturers gross weight rating; and

(iv)

the combination of vehicles in an operation exempted by Section 547.407(b); and

(D)

50 feet for other vehicles.

(b)

A test for deceleration or stopping distance shall be performed on a dry, smooth, hard surface that:

(1)

is free of loose material; and

(2)

does not exceed plus or minus one percent grade.

(c)

In this section, "passenger vehicle" means a vehicle that has a maximum seating capacity of 10 persons, including the operator, and that does not have a manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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