Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill into law intended to allow more police in the state to enforce truck rules. The new law takes effect Sept. 1.
Currently, Texas law allows police in cities with populations of 100,000 or more to enforce commercial motor vehicle safety standards. Police in cities with populations of 25,000 or more also are allowed to enforce the CMV safety standards, as long as they are located in counties with populations of at least 2 million.
Cities must be certified from the Texas Department of Public Safety to enforce the safety standards.
The new law, previously SB545, allows police in cities with populations of 50,000 or more to enforce the safety standards. It also allows police in cities with populations of 25,000 or more and located in counties with populations of at least 500,000 to enforce the standards.
In addition, it extends enforcement of truck rules to municipalities with populations of at least 34,000. The only requirement is that they are located in a county that borders two or more states.
The changes to state law will allow more than 40 cities to become eligible to enforce truck rules.
– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor