Effort to expand truck enforcement advances in Texas

| Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A bill moving forward in the Texas House is intended to allow more local police to enforce truck rules.

Texas law now 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 House Law Enforcement Committee approved a bill that would allow police in cities with populations of 50,000 or more to enforce the safety standards. It also would allow 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.

Supporters say the changes to state law would allow an additional 43 cities to become eligible to enforce truck rules.

Sponsored by Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, the bill – SB545 – has been forwarded to the House Calendars Committee for further consideration. If approved there, it would head to the chamber floor. The Senate already approved it.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor
keith_goble@landlinemag.com

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