Texas Transportation Code

Sec. § 601.052
Exceptions to Financial Responsibility Requirement


(a)

Section 601.051 (Requirement of Financial Responsibility) does not apply to:

(1)

the operation of a motor vehicle that:

(A)

is a former military vehicle or is at least 25 years old;

(B)

is used only for exhibitions, club activities, parades, and other functions of public interest and not for regular transportation; and

(C)

for which the owner files with the department an affidavit, signed by the owner, stating that the vehicle is a collector’s item and used only as described by Paragraph (B);

(2)

a neighborhood electric vehicle that is operated only as authorized by Section 551.304 (Limited Operation);

(2-a)

a golf cart that is operated only as authorized by Section 551.403 (Operation Authorized in Certain Areas);

(2-b)

an off-highway vehicle that is operated only as authorized by Subchapter C, Chapter 551A (Off-highway Vehicles), or Section 551A.055 (Operation Authorized in Certain Areas) of this code or Chapter 29 (Off-highway Vehicle Trail and Recreational Area Program), Parks and Wildlife Code; or

(3)

a volunteer fire department for the operation of a motor vehicle the title of which is held in the name of a volunteer fire department.

(b)

Subsection (a)(3) does not exempt from the requirement of Section 601.051 (Requirement of Financial Responsibility) a person who is operating a vehicle described by that subsection.

(c)

In this section:

(1)

“Former military vehicle” has the meaning assigned by Section 504.502 (Certain Exhibition Vehicles)(i).

(2)

“Volunteer fire department” means a company, department, or association that is:

(A)

organized in an unincorporated area to answer fire alarms and extinguish fires or to answer fire alarms, extinguish fires, and provide emergency medical services; and

(B)

composed of members who:

(i)

do not receive compensation; or

(ii)

receive only nominal compensation.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 30.127(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 896, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1136 (H.B. 2553), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 91 (S.B. 1303), Sec. 24.016, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1135 (H.B. 2741), Sec. 96, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1233 (H.B. 1548), Sec. 39, eff. June 14, 2019.
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