(a) In this section, “ready-mixed concrete truck” has the meaning assigned by Section 622.011 .
(b) The department may issue a permit that authorizes the operation of a ready-mixed concrete truck with three axles.
(c) To qualify for a permit under this section, a base permit fee of $1,000 must be paid, except as provided by Subsection (g).
(d) A permit issued under this section:
(1) is valid for one year, except as provided by Subsection (g); and
(2) must be carried in the vehicle for which it is issued.
(e) When the department issues a permit under this section, the department shall issue a sticker to be placed on the front windshield of the vehicle above the inspection certificate issued to the vehicle. The department shall design the form of the sticker to aid in the enforcement of weight limits for vehicles.
(f) The sticker must:
(1) indicate the expiration date of the permit; and
(2) be removed from the vehicle when:
(A) the permit for operation of the vehicle expires;
(B) a lease of the vehicle expires; or
(C) the vehicle is sold.
(g) The department may issue a permit under this section that is valid for a period of less than one year. The department shall prorate the applicable fee required by Subsection (c) for a permit issued under this subsection as necessary to reflect the term of the permit.
(h) Unless otherwise provided by state or federal law, a county or municipality may not require a permit, fee, or license for the operation of a ready-mixed concrete truck in addition to a permit, fee, or license required by state law.
(i) Section 622.015 does not apply to an owner of a ready-mixed concrete truck who holds a permit under this section for the truck.
(j) Unless otherwise provided by state or federal law, a ready-mixed concrete truck may operate on a state, county, or municipal road, including a load-zoned county road or a frontage road adjacent to a federal interstate highway, if the truck displays a sticker required by Subsection (e) and does not exceed the maximum gross weight authorized under Section 622.012 .
(k) For the purposes of Subsection (l), the department by rule shall require an applicant to designate in the permit application the counties in which the applicant intends to operate.
(l) Of the fee collected under this section for a permit:
(1) 50 percent of the amount collected shall be deposited to the credit of the state highway fund; and
(2) the other 50 percent shall be divided among and distributed to the counties designated in permit applications under Subsection (k) according to department rule.
(m) At least once each fiscal year, the comptroller shall send the amount due each county under Subsection (l) to the county treasurer or officer performing the function of that office for deposit to the credit of the county road and bridge fund.
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