Bill Text: TX HB1249 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to a prohibition of certain motor vehicles resembling emergency medical services vehicles; creating a criminal offense.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2017-05-29 - Effective on 9/1/17 [HB1249 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB1249-Enrolled.html
 
 
  H.B. No. 1249
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to a prohibition of certain motor vehicles resembling
  emergency medical services vehicles; creating a criminal offense.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 773, Health and Safety
  Code, is amended by adding Section 773.017 to read as follows:
         Sec. 773.017.  USE OF CERTAIN EXTERNAL MOTOR VEHICLE
  MARKINGS OR FEATURES PROHIBITED; CRIMINAL OFFENSE. (a) A person
  may not operate a motor vehicle in this state that resembles an
  emergency medical services vehicle unless the person uses the motor
  vehicle:
               (1)  as an emergency medical services vehicle under
  this chapter; or
               (2)  for other legitimate governmental functions,
  including police or firefighting services.
         (b)  A motor vehicle resembles an emergency medical services
  vehicle if the motor vehicle has on the exterior of the motor
  vehicle any of the following markings or features:
               (1)  the word "ambulance" or a derivation of that word;
               (2)  a star of life as trademarked by the National
  Highway Traffic Safety Administration;
               (3)  a Maltese cross commonly used by fire departments;
               (4)  forward-facing flashing red, white, or blue
  lights;
               (5)  a siren;
               (6)  the words "critical care transport," "emergency,"
  "emergency medical services," or "mobile intensive care unit"; or
               (7)  the acronym "EMS" or "MICU".
         (c)  A person commits an offense if the person violates this
  section. An offense under this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor.
         (d)  This section does not apply to a motor vehicle bearing a
  license plate issued or approved under Section 504.501 or 504.502,
  Transportation Code.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1249 was passed by the House on May 6,
  2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 5, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1249 was passed by the Senate on May
  19, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 2.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor       
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