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SB 1187 (85th Legislature) - Changes to Transportation Code
The Governor recently signed Senate Bill 1187, which amends language in the Transportation Code relating to financial responsibility verification.
Texas law enforcement agencies may access the TexasSure program through the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (TLETS). The Texas vehicle registration inquiry forms (REG, RSDW, Master Query, and RQ) contain liability insurance information and allow users to choose the level of detail returned in the query response. Users may select either a routine or an extended response. Information on the financial responsibility verification program is on page 89 of the TLETS Manual. If you have further questions, please contact your department’s TLETS contact at the Texas Department of Public Safety.
SB 1187 amends Section 601.053(c) and Section 601.191 of the Transportation Code to state:
SECTION 1. Section 601.053(c), Transportation Code, is amended to read as follows: (c) Subsection (b) does not apply if the peace officer determines through use of the verification program established under Subchapter N that financial responsibility has been established for the vehicle. A [If a]1 peace [officer has access to the verification program, the]1 officer may not issue a citation for an offense under [a violation of]1 Section 601.191 [601.051]1 unless the officer attempts to verify through the verification program that financial responsibility has been established for the vehicle and is unable to make that verification.
SECTION 2. Section 601.191, Transportation Code, is amended by adding Subsection (e) to read as follows: (e) A citation issued for an offense under this section must include an affirmative indication that the peace officer was unable at the time of the alleged offense to verify financial responsibility for the vehicle through the verification program established under Subchapter N.
1 Text within the brackets [ ] indicates the language that was removed by SB 1187.
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