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Current Texas effort to legalize Lane Sharing.
Current bill in the Texas legislature about the operation and movement of motorcycles during periods of traffic congestion.
• Texas SB506 Page on the Texas Legislature Website
• Texas SB506 PDF Document
• Public hearing about SB 506 on March 18, 2009 at 7:30am. See the Texas Legislature calendar site for the complete agenda.
2005 Proposed Legislation
Texas House Bill 1522
This bill was attempted in 2005. No information exists regarding a similar bill in the upcoming session. Underlined sections are the proposed changes.
By: Griggs H.B. No. 1522
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the operation and movement of motorcycles during
periods of traffic congestion.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 545.060, Transportation Code, is amended
by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
(a) An operator on a roadway divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic:
(1) shall drive as nearly as practical entirely within
a single lane, except as provided by Subsection (e); and
(2) may not move from the lane unless that movement can
be made safely.
(e) The operator of a motorcycle may operate the motorcycle
for a safe distance between lanes of traffic moving in the same
direction during periods of traffic congestion if the operator:
(1) is at least 21 years old;
(2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator
training and safety course under Chapter 662;
(3) is covered by a health insurance plan providing
the operator with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries
incurred as a result of an accident while operating a motorcycle;
(4) operates the motorcycle:
(A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
over the speed of the other traffic;
(B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
miles per hour or less; and
(C) in a location other than a school crossing
zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20
miles per hour or less.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.