Texas Transportation Code § 521.001. Definitions

(a) In this chapter:

(1) “Correctional facility” means:

(A) a place described by Section 1.07(a)(14), Penal Code ;  or

(B) a secure correctional facility or secure detention facility, as defined by Section 51.02, Family Code .

(1-a) “Department” means the Department of Public Safety.

(2) “Director” means the public safety director.

(3) “Driver's license” means an authorization issued by the department for the operation of a motor vehicle.  The term includes:

(A) a temporary license or learner license;  and

(B) an occupational license.

(3-a) “Federal judge” means:

(A) a judge of a United States court of appeals;

(B) a judge of a United States district court;

(C) a judge of a United States bankruptcy court;  or

(D) a magistrate judge of a United States district court.

(4) “Gross combination weight rating” has the meaning assigned by Section 522.003 .

(5) “Gross vehicle weight rating” has the meaning assigned by Section 522.003 .

(6) “License” means an authorization to operate a motor vehicle that is issued under or granted by the laws of this state.  The term includes:

(A) a driver's license;

(B) the privilege of a person to operate a motor vehicle regardless of whether the person holds a driver's license;  and

(C) a nonresident's operating privilege.

(6-a) “Motorcycle” includes an enclosed three-wheeled passenger vehicle that:

(A) is designed to operate with three wheels in contact with the ground;

(B) has a single, completely enclosed, occupant compartment;  and

(C) at a minimum, is equipped with:

(i) seats that are certified by the vehicle manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 207, 49 C.F.R. Section 571.207 ;

(ii) a steering wheel used to maneuver the vehicle;

(iii) a propulsion unit located in front of or behind the enclosed occupant compartment;

(iv) a seat belt for each vehicle occupant certified by the manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, 49 C.F.R. Section 571.209 ;

(v) a windshield and one or more windshield wipers certified by the manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, 49 C.F.R. Section 571.205 , and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 104, 49 C.F.R. Section 571.104 ;

(vi) a vehicle structure certified by the vehicle manufacturer to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 216, 49 C.F.R. Section 571.216 , if:

(a) the unladen weight of the vehicle is more than 900 pounds;  or

(b) the unladen weight of the vehicle is not more than 900 pounds and the vehicle has a maximum speed capability of more than 40 miles per hour;  and

(vii) an active tilt control system if the unladen weight of the vehicle is not more than 900 pounds and the vehicle has a maximum speed capability of 40 miles per hour or less.

(7) “Nonresident” means a person who is not a resident of this state.

(7-a) “Parole facility” means a place described by Section 508.118 or 508.119, Government Code .

(8) “State” means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

(8-a) “State judge” means:

(A) the judge of an appellate court, a district court, a county court at law, or a statutory probate court of this state;  or

(B) an associate judge appointed under Chapter 201, Family Code, Chapter 54A, Government Code, or Chapter 574, Health and Safety Code.

(9) “Image comparison technology” means any technology that is used to compare facial images, thumbprints, or fingerprints.

(b) A word or phrase that is not defined by this chapter but is defined by Subtitle C   1 has the meaning in this chapter that is assigned by that subtitle.

(c) The department by rule may define types of vehicles that are “motorcycles” for the purposes of this chapter, in addition to those defined under Subsection (a)(6-a).  The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles by rule may define the types of vehicles that are “motorcycles” for the purposes of Chapters 501, 502, and 503.  This subsection applies only to vehicles manufactured by a manufacturer licensed under Chapter 2301, Occupations Code.

1 V.T.C.A., Transportation Code § 541.001 et seq.

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