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RULE §21.1Standards for Vehicle Safety

(a) Under §547.101 of the Texas Transportation Code, the department may adopt standards for vehicle equipment to protect the public and to enforce federal motor vehicle safety standards. Department standards duplicate those of the United States that apply to the same aspect of vehicle equipment or, if there is no federal standard, a standard issued or endorsed by recognized national standard-setting organizations or agencies. This chapter contains standards for motor vehicle equipment adopted by the department.

(b) Terms and/or Definitions. Unless specifically defined in the Texas Transportation Code, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS, 49 CFR Part 571), or rules adopted by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the terms used in this chapter have the meanings commonly ascribed to them in the fields of vehicle equipment manufacture, vehicle equipment regulation, and vehicle inspection, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

(c) Vehicle equipment--A system, part, or device that is manufactured or sold as original equipment, replacement equipment, an accessory for a vehicle, or a device or article manufactured or sold to protect a driver or passenger of a vehicle.

Source Note: The provisions of this §21.1 adopted to be effective January 1, 1976; amended to be effective November 22, 1978, 3 TexReg 3898; amended to be effective April 4, 1980, 5 TexReg 1148; amended to be effective July 30, 1980, 5 TexReg 2894; amended to be effective January 19, 1981, 6 TexReg 53; amended to be effective September 18, 1981, 6 TexReg 3270; amended to be effective October 18, 1982, 7 TexReg 3582; amended to be effective December 21, 1983, 8 TexReg 5129; amended to be effective February 2, 1988, 13 TexReg 349; amended to be effective December 31, 1991, 16 TexReg 7361; amended to be effective February 15, 2000, 25 TexReg 1128; amended tobe effective February 6, 2001, 26 TexReg 1163; amended to be effective August 20, 2002, 27 TexReg 7544; amended to be effective July 12, 2004, 29 TexReg 6724; amended to be effective June 13, 2005, 30 TexReg 3430; amended to be effective April 12, 2012, 37 TexReg 2430

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