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busemans 04-28-2011 05:25 PM

vehicle laws- from the texas department of public safety web site
after the fender law thread, i figured i would link the different laws that apply to us

Texas Department of Public Safety - Inspection Criteria for the Annual SAFETY Inspection

this is the inspection requirement for steering

this is from transportation code, chapter 548
INSPECTION.A (a)AAA motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole
trailer, or mobile home, registered in this state, must have the
following items inspected at an inspection station or by an
(2)wheel assembly;
(3)safety guards or flaps, if required by Section
(4)brake system, including power brake unit;
(5)steering system, including power steering;
(6)lighting equipment;
(7)horns and warning devices;
(9)windshield wipers;
(10)sunscreening devices, unless the vehicle is
exempt from sunscreen device restrictions under Section 547.613;
(11)front seat belts in vehicles on which seat belt
anchorages were part of the manufacturer ís original equipment;
(12)tax decal, if required by Section 548.104(d)(1);
(13)exhaust system;
(14)exhaust emission system;
(15)fuel tank cap, using pressurized testing
equipment approved by department rule; and
(16)emissions control equipment as designated by
department rule.

here is the specific list to truck and like vehicles
05.02 Inspect Every Pickup, Panel, or Truck Under 80 Inches Wide For: (Listed in suggested order of inspection)

* Check for evidence of Financial Responsibility

1. Horn
2. Windshield Wipers
3. Mirror
4. Steering
5. Seat Belts
6. Brakes (system) Parking - (beginning with 1960 models)
7. Tires
8. Wheel Assembly
9. Safety Guards or Flaps (if four tires or more on rearmost axle)
10. Exhaust System
11. Exhaust Emission System (beginning with 1968 models)
12. Beam Indicator (beginning with 1948 models)
13. Tail Lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
14. Stop Lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
15. License Plate Lamp (1)
16. Rear Red Reflectors (2)
17. Turn Signal Lamps (beginning with 1960 models) (mea-sure if 1959 model or earlier)
18. Head Lamps (2)
19. Motor, Serial, or Vehicle Identification Number
20. 1988 & newer - inspect for window tinting or coating
21. Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old.

Overall width is determined by measuring from the widest part on one side to the widest part on the other side of the vehicle. In some vehicles this may be the dual wheels which would be considered as part of the width. Do not include an outside mirror or mirrors in determining overall width.

safety guards and flaps (only thing close to fender flares :) )

20.22 Safety Guards or Flaps. Safety Guards or Flaps Requirement and Inspection.
Required on all:
Trucks or Light Trucks -
If the rearmost axle of the vehicle or (combination) has four tires or more.
Trailers or semitrailers (In combination with a towing vehicle).
Not Required:
Motor homes
Pole trailers
Safety guards or flaps shall be located and suspended behind the rearmost wheels of such vehicle or if in combination behind the rearmost wheels of such combination to within eight (8) inches of the surface of the roadway. A tolerance of four (4) inches will be allowed. Safety guards or flaps shall be at least as wide as the tires they are protecting.
Safety guards or flaps shall be of metal, rubber, rubberized material, or other substantial material, capable of remaining in place back of rear wheels by their own weight while the said vehicle is being operated. The construction of safety guards or flaps will be such that they will remain in proper place back of rear wheels and will be rigid enough to prevent slush, mud, or gravel being transmitted from the vehicleís rear wheels to the windshield of the following vehicle.
When trailers and semitrailers are presented for inspection in combination, each trailer or semitrailer will be considered a separate vehicle and safety guards or flaps will be required on the rearmost axle of each trailer or semitrailer.
1. Inspection Procedure. Check for presence and condition.
2. Inspect for and reject if:
a. Safety guard or flap is not present.
b. Safety guard or flap is not securely mounted.
c. Safety guard or flap is not as wide as the tire that it is protecting.
d. Safety guard or flap is split or torn to the extent that it is ineffective.
e. The bottom edge of safety guard or flap is more than twelve (12) inches from the surface of the roadway.

head lamps (height requirement)

20.16 Head Lamps
1. Motor Vehicles. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with at least two head lamps, at least one on each side of the front of the motor vehicle, which head lamps shall comply with the requirements and limitations set forth in these regulations.
Every head lamp upon every motor vehicle shall be located at a height of not more than 54 inches nor less than 24 inches to be measured from the center of such lamp to the level ground upon which the vehicle stands when such vehicle is without a load.


20.19 Mirror. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of such motor vehicle.
1. Inspection Procedure
a. Inspect only one mirror.
1) Exterior Rearview Mirror: From the driverís position, visually inspect exterior mirror for a clear and reasonably unobstructed view to the rear. Look for correct location and stable mounting.
2) Interior Rearview Mirror: From the driverís position, visually inspect interior mirror for proper mounting, location, cracks, sharp edges, and ease of adjustment.
2. Inspect for and reject if:
a. Mirror does not provide the driver with a clear view to the rear of 200 feet.
b. Vehicle is not equipped with at least one mirror.
c. Mirror offers unsafe interference with driverís forward vision.
d. Reflective surface of mirror is cracked, broken, peeled, tarnished, or has sharp edges.
e. Mirror is not mounted securely to prevent swing or excessive vibration unless the vehicle is equipped with another mirror which meets requirements.
NOTE: An inside mirror would meet all the above requirements. If the vehicle is equipped with more than one mirror, only one, either inside or outside, needs to meet all requirements.


20.28 Tires. Every motor vehicle (including motorcycles and motor-driven cycles, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, and mobile home) registered in this state and operated on the streets and highways of this state and required to be inspected shall be equipped with tires in proper and safe condition.
Definition of terms:
Rim: A metal support for a tire or a tire and tube assembly upon which the tire beads are seated.
Bead: The part of the tire made of high tensile steel wires, wrapped and reinforced by the ply cords, which is shaped to fit the rim.
Bead Separation: A breakdown of bond between components in the bead area.
Sidewall: The portion of the tire between the tread and the bead.
Cord: Textile, steel wire strands, and the like, forming the piles or other structure of the tire.
Cord Separation: Cord parting away from adjacent rubber compounds.
Ply: Layer of rubber coated parallel cords forming the tire body.
Ply Separation: A parting of rubber compound between adjacent piles.
Tread: The portion of the tire that comes in contact with the road.
Tread Separation: The pulling away of the tread from the tire carcass.
Tread Rib: A tread section running circumferentially around a tire.
Groove: The space between two adjacent tread ribs.
Tread Depth: The amount of tread design on the tire. Tread depth includes both original, retread, and recapped tread design; and in respect to special mileage commercial tire design.
Regroovable Commercial Tire: A tire manufactured with an extra layer of rubber between the cord body and the original tread design which extra layer is designed for the purpose of recutting or regrooving, and which tire is specifically labeled as a regroovable tire.
Belt: A layer or layers made of fabric or other material, located under the tread area.
1. Inspection Procedure. Tires should be inspected visually and the tread should be measured with a tread depth gauge calibrated in 32nds of an inch if it does not have tread wear indicators.
No tire shall be passed to be in safe operating condition unless it meets the visual and tread depth requirements set forth in these regulations.
Inspection of the spare tire is not required. All tires must appear to be properly inflated - even though a gauge check is not required.
The tread depth requirement of these regulations shall apply to both tires of each set of dual wheels. The other requirements will also apply to both tires in each set of dual wheels.
Dragster tires or racing slicks without sufficient tread or which have had all tread removed are not acceptable.
2. Inspect for and reject if:
a. Any tire with a localized worn spot that exposes the ply or cord through the tread.
b. Any tire with tread or sidewall cracks, cuts, or snags (as measured on the outside of the tire) in excess of one inch in any direction and deep enough to expose the body cords.
c. Any tire which has any visible bumps, bulges, or knots apparently related to tread or sidewall separation or partial failure of the tire structure, including bead area.
d. Any tire which has been regrooved or recut below the original groove depth, except special (regroovable) tires which have extra undertread rubber for this purpose (commercial vehicles only) and are identified as such.
e. Any dual wheel assembly where the side of one tire is in contact with the other. (Any dual tires that contact each other.)
f. Any tire that is marked "Not for Highway Use," "Farm Use Only," "For Racing Purposes Only," or with other use restrictions that would indicate the tire is not meant for highway use. This includes temporary spares, inflatables, or small high pressure spares.
g. Any tire which has been repaired temporarily by the use of blowout patches and boots. Nail hole plugs or patches are not cause for rejection.
h. Any tire without tread wear indicators worn so that less than 2/32 (1/16) of an inch of tread design depth remains when measured (with a tread depth gauge) at the lowest points in any two adjacent major grooves in the center or middle of the tire.
i. Any tire with tread wear indicators worn so that the tread wear indicators contact the road in any two adjacent major grooves in the center or middle of the tire.
Refer to Reference Section for further tire inspection procedures.

wheel assemblies

20.31 Wheel Assembly. The inspection of all wheels and rims will be visual. Spare wheels and rims will not be inspected.
Wheel covers or hubcaps may be removed from the vehicle if the certified inspector has probable cause or reason to believe that wheel or rim defects exist.
1. Inspection Procedure. Examine visually.
2. Inspect for and reject if:
a. Loose, missing, or damaged wheel studs, bolts, nuts, or lugs.
b. Any part of the wheel is bent, cracked, rewelded, or damaged so as to affect safe operation of the vehicle.
c. Wheel nuts, studs, and clamps which are loose, broken, missing, or mismatched. Adequate thread engagement is imperative. Stud and nut threads on wheel lugs must engage completely through the entire threaded portion of the nut.
d. Rims and rings which are mismatched, bent, sprung, or otherwise damaged. Check for evidence of rim slippage - this is an indication of wear of loose nuts.
e. Disc wheels with elongated bolts, holes, or cracks between hand holes or stud holes, or both.
f. Cast wheels with cracks, evidence of wear in the clamp area, or both.
g. Rims have defects or cracks to the extent that they impair the safe mounting and proper retention of tires.
h. Any wheel cannot be securely fastened to the hub of the vehicle.

those are the basic ones that i think apply to us so if its not on this thread and you cannot find it in the link at the top, its not an inspection requirement here in good old texas :dance::dance:

busemans 04-28-2011 05:26 PM

hey, 87 and older don't have to worry about window tint inspections, sweet!!

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