Texas Transportation Code § 601.052. Exceptions to Financial Responsibility Requirement

(a)  Section 601.051 does not apply to:

(1) the operation of a motor vehicle that:

(A) is a former military vehicle or is at least 25 years old;

(B) is used only for exhibitions, club activities, parades, and other functions of public interest and not for regular transportation;  and

(C) for which the owner files with the department an affidavit, signed by the owner, stating that the vehicle is a collector's item and used only as described by Paragraph (B);

(2)  a neighborhood electric vehicle that is operated only as authorized by Section 551.304 ;

(2-a) a golf cart that is operated only as authorized by Section 551.304 551.403 ;

(2-b) an off-highway vehicle that is operated only as authorized by Subchapter C, Chapter 551A, or Section 551A.055 of this code or Chapter 29, Parks and Wildlife Code;  or

(3) a volunteer fire department for the operation of a motor vehicle the title of which is held in the name of a volunteer fire department.

(b) Subsection (a)(3) does not exempt from the requirement of Section 601.051 a person who is operating a vehicle described by that subsection.

(c) In this section:

(1) “Former military vehicle” has the meaning assigned by Section 504.502(i) .

(2) “Volunteer fire department” means a company, department, or association that is:

(A) organized in an unincorporated area to answer fire alarms and extinguish fires or to answer fire alarms, extinguish fires, and provide emergency medical services;  and

(B) composed of members who:

(i) do not receive compensation;  or

(ii) receive only nominal compensation.


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