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Relating to the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles,
including the enforcement of motor vehicle size and weight
limitations; creating a criminal offense.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2620 would make a variety of changes to laws and regulations regarding oversize vehicles. The bill would make it a Class C misdemeanor for someone to drive a permitted oversize vehicle if the person is not the permitted person or their employer, with some exceptions such as for towing.
The bill would require motorists to comply with the lawful order or direction of an oversize vehicle flagger.
The bill would additionally allow the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) greater leeway to deny applications for oversize or overweight vehicle permits and would clarify that such denials are not subject to prior notice or hearing, but that they can be appealed within 26 days.
The bill would additionally allow the DMV to require oversize/overweight vehicles to be accompanied by escort flag vehicles, if already required to do so by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and would require oversize permits to be carried in the vehicle. The bill would provide for additional certification notice requirements for shippers and would repeal various provisions of statute relating to permit issuance and fee collection for other permits, among other changes.