[Vtr-tac] New Definition of a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle * SB129

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Mon Aug 10 17:02:27 CDT 2009

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This is notification of the provisions of Senate Bill 129, which was enacted by the 81st Legislature, Regular Session.  Sections 551.301 and 551.303 of the Transportation Code were amended, affecting the definition of a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV).  

The maximum speed that a neighborhood electric vehicle can attain was increased from 25 mph to 35 mph while otherwise complying with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 500 (49 C.F.R. Section 571.500). 

The maximum posted speed limit of a street that a neighborhood electric vehicle may travel increases from 35 mph to 45 mph. However, even though an NEV is allowed on a street with a posted speed limit above 35 mph, they cannot legally operate the vehicle above a speed of 35 mph while on such roadways.  

Chapter 12, Miscellaneous, of the Motor Vehicle Registration Manual will be updated to reflect these changes.

Information contained in RTB #001-09, New Rules Approved for Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, is still applicable with the exception of the maximum speed of the vehicle and the roadway on which it can travel.

Note:  The manufacturer of the NEV must hold a Manufacturer License and the Texas dealer must have a Franchise license and a General Distinguishing Number to sell new NEVs.   An independent motor vehicle dealer must hold a motor vehicle GDN to sell a used NEV at retail.  These vehicles are considered motor vehicles, therefore, theTexas dealer is required to apply for title and registration on behalf of the retail purchaser.

If you have any other questions or need any additional information please contact your local Vehicle Titles and Registration Division Regional Office.



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