Effort to expand truck enforcement sent to Texas governor

| Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A bill sent to Texas Gov. Rick Perry is intended to allow more 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 by the Texas Department of Public Safety before their officers can enforce the safety standards.

The Senate signed off on House changes to the bill clearing the way for it to head to the governor’s desk.

The final version of the bill – SB545 – 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 to enforce the standards, but only if they are in counties with populations of at least 500,000.

A provision added to the bill on the House floor would extend enforcement of truck rules to municipalities with populations of at least 34,000. The only requirement would be that they are located in a county that borders two or more states.

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

The governor can sign the bill into law, let it become law without his signature or veto it.

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