H.B. No. 84
    1-1                                AN ACT
    1-2  relating to the disposal of certain authorized emergency vehicles;
    1-3  providing a penalty.
    1-5        SECTION 1.  DEFINITIONS.  In this Act:
    1-6              (1)  "Authorized emergency vehicle" has the meaning
    1-7  assigned by Section 2, Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways
    1-8  (Article 6701d, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes).
    1-9              (2)  "Vehicle equipment" has the meaning assigned by
   1-10  Section 108, Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways (Article
   1-11  6701d, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes).
   1-12        SECTION 2.  CERTAIN EQUIPMENT TO BE REMOVED.  The owner of an
   1-13  authorized emergency vehicle that is used to transport sick or
   1-14  injured persons may not transfer ownership of the vehicle, unless
   1-15  the owner of the vehicle:
   1-16              (1)  removes from the vehicle any vehicle equipment,
   1-17  including a light, siren, or device, that under the Uniform Act
   1-18  Regulating Traffic on Highways (Article 6701d, Vernon's Texas Civil
   1-19  Statutes) only an authorized emergency vehicle may be equipped
   1-20  with; and
   1-21              (2)  removes or obliterates any emblem or marking on
   1-22  the vehicle that identifies the vehicle as an authorized emergency
   1-23  vehicle.
   1-24        SECTION 3.  NONAPPLICABLE.  Section 2 of this Act does not
    2-1  apply if the owner of the authorized emergency vehicle transfers
    2-2  ownership of the vehicle to:
    2-3              (1)  a person who holds a license as an emergency
    2-4  medical services provider under Chapter 773, Health and Safety
    2-5  Code;
    2-6              (2)  a person who is in the business of buying and
    2-7  selling used vehicles in this state and specializes in authorized
    2-8  emergency vehicles; or
    2-9              (3)  an entity described in Section 2(d), Uniform Act
   2-10  Regulating Traffic on Highways (Article 6701d, Vernon's Texas Civil
   2-11  Statutes), or to similar entities operating in foreign countries.
   2-12        SECTION 4.  OFFENSE.  A person who violates Section 2 of this
   2-13  Act commits an offense.  An offense under this section is a Class C
   2-14  misdemeanor.
   2-15        SECTION 5.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act takes effect September
   2-16  1, 1993, and applies only to a transfer of ownership of an
   2-17  authorized emergency vehicle made on or after that date.
   2-18        SECTION 6.  EMERGENCY.  The importance of this legislation
   2-19  and the crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
   2-20  emergency   and   an   imperative   public   necessity   that   the
   2-21  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
   2-22  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.