Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 547.702
Additional Equipment Requirements for Authorized Emergency Vehicles


(a)

An authorized emergency vehicle may be equipped with a siren, exhaust whistle, or bell:

(1)

of a type approved by the department; and

(2)

that emits a sound audible under normal conditions at a distance of at least 500 feet.

(b)

The operator of an authorized emergency vehicle shall use the siren, whistle, or bell when necessary to warn other vehicle operators or pedestrians of the approach of the emergency vehicle.

(c)

Except as provided by this section, an authorized emergency vehicle shall be equipped with signal lamps that:

(1)

are mounted as high and as widely spaced laterally as practicable;

(2)

display four alternately flashing red lights, two located on the front at the same level and two located on the rear at the same level; and

(3)

emit a light visible at a distance of 500 feet in normal sunlight.

(d)

A private vehicle operated by a volunteer firefighter responding to a fire alarm or a medical emergency may, but is not required to, be equipped with signal lamps that comply with the requirements of Subsection (c).

(e)

A private vehicle operated by a volunteer firefighter responding to a fire alarm or a medical emergency may be equipped with a signal lamp that is temporarily attached to the vehicle roof and flashes a red light visible at a distance of at least 500 feet in normal sunlight.

(f)

A police vehicle may, but is not required to, be equipped with signal lamps that comply with Subsection (c).
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Sec. 547.703. ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR SLOW-MOVING VEHICLES. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a slow-moving vehicle shall display a slow-moving-vehicle emblem that:

(1)

has a reflective surface designed to be clearly visible in daylight or at night from the light of standard automobile headlamps at a distance of at least 500 feet;

(2)

is mounted base down on the rear of the vehicle at a height from three to five feet above the road surface; and

(3)

is maintained in a clean, reflective condition.

(b)

Subsection (a) does not apply to a vehicle that is used in construction or maintenance work and is traveling in a construction area that is marked as required by the Texas Transportation Commission.

(c)

If a motor vehicle displaying a slow-moving-vehicle emblem tows machinery, including an implement of husbandry, and the visibility of the emblem is not obstructed, the towed unit is not required to display a slow-moving-vehicle emblem.

(d)

A golf cart that is operated at a speed of not more than 25 miles per hour is required to display a slow-moving-vehicle emblem when it is operated on a public highway, as defined by Section 502.001, under Section 551.403 or 551.404.

(e)

Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1136, Sec. 12(2), eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1136 (H.B. 2553), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1136 (H.B. 2553), Sec. 12(2), eff. September 1, 2009.
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