Texas Transportation Code - TRANSP § 601.002. Definitions

In this chapter:

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

(2) “Driver's license” has the meaning assigned by Section 521.001 .

(3) “Financial responsibility” means the ability to respond in damages for liability for an accident that:

(A) occurs after the effective date of the document evidencing the establishment of the financial responsibility;  and

(B) arises out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle.

(4) “Highway” means the entire width between property lines of a road, street, or way in this state that is not privately owned or controlled and:

(A) some part of which is open to the public for vehicular traffic;  and

(B) over which the state has legislative jurisdiction under its police power.

(5) “Motor vehicle” means a self-propelled vehicle designed for use on a highway, a trailer or semitrailer designed for use with a self-propelled vehicle, or a vehicle propelled by electric power from overhead wires and not operated on rails.  The term does not include:

(A) a traction engine;

(B) a road roller or grader;

(C) a tractor crane;

(D) a power shovel;

(E) a well driller;

(F) an implement of husbandry;  or

(G) an electric personal assistive mobility device, as defined by Section 551.201 .

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

(7) “Nonresident's operating privilege” means the privilege conferred on a nonresident by the laws of this state relating to the operation of a motor vehicle in this state by the nonresident or the use in this state of a motor vehicle owned by the nonresident.

(8) “Operator” means the person in actual physical control of a motor vehicle.

(9) “Owner” means:

(A) the person who holds legal title to a motor vehicle;

(B) the purchaser or lessee of a motor vehicle subject to an agreement for the conditional sale or lease of the vehicle, if the person has:

(i) the right to purchase the vehicle on performing conditions stated in the agreement;  and

(ii) an immediate right to possess the vehicle;  or

(C) a mortgagor of a motor vehicle who is entitled to possession of the vehicle.

(10) “Person” means an individual, firm, partnership, association, or corporation.

(11) “State” means:

(A) a state, territory, or possession of the United States;  or

(B) the District of Columbia.

(12) “Vehicle registration” means:

(A) a registration certificate, registration receipt, or number plate issued under Chapter 502;  or

(B) a dealer's license plate or temporary tag issued under Chapter 503.

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