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Proposed Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) proposes new rules to the Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety program rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 98, §§98.1, 98.10, 98.20 - 98.23, 98.25 - 98.27, 98.30, 98.40, 98.50, 98.60, 98.65 - 98.70, 98.72, 98.74, 98.76, 98.80, 98.90, 98.92, 98.100, 98.102, 98.104, 98.106, 98.108, 98.110, 98.112, and 98.114, to implement Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 662, Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety. The proposed rules also implement Senate Bill 616, Article 8, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which transfers the Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety Program from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation and the Department, effective September 1, 2020.

The proposed rules were published in the June 12, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 3959).  The Department will accept comments on the proposal until July 13, 2020.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety program to review the rule proposal.  Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules.

Proposed Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) proposes new rules to the Off-Highway Vehicle Operator Education and Certification Program rules  at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 99, §§99.1, 99.10, 99.20, 99.22, 99.24, 99.26, 99.30, 99.90, 99.92, 99.100, and 99.102. The proposed rules create new 16 TAC, Chapter 99, to implement Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 551A, Off-Highway Vehicles. The proposed rules also implement Senate Bill 616, Article 8, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which transfers the Off-Highway Vehicle Operator Education and Certification Program from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation and the Department, effective September 1, 2020.

The proposed rules were published in the June 12, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 3966). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until July 13, 2020.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Off-Highway Vehicle Operator Education and Certification program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules.

Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety Program Will Move from Department of Public Safety to TDLR on September 1, 2020

June 12, 2020

Senate Bill 616 of the 86th Legislature transfers oversight of the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to TDLR, effective September 1, 2020. TDLR and DPS are working together to make sure the transfer of the program goes as smoothly as possible for licensees and the public.

This is an umbrella program consisting of two separate, individual licensing programs: 1) the motorcycle operator training and safety program; and 2) off-highway vehicle operator education and certification program. The motorcycle operator training and safety program involves the licensing and regulation of motorcycle schools and instructors to conduct training courses in motorcycle operation and safety. The off-highway vehicle operator education and certification program involves the licensing and regulation of program sponsors and instructors to conduct courses in basic training and safety skills relating to the operation of off-highway vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATV).


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