S.B. No. 511
  relating to the installation of unsafe motor vehicle tires;
  providing a civil penalty.
         SECTION 1.  Section 547.001, Transportation Code, is amended
  by adding Subdivision (9-a) to read as follows:
               (9-a)  "Unsafe tire" means a tire that:
                     (A)  has tire tread less than one-sixteenth of an
  inch deep;
                     (B)  has a localized worn spot that exposes the
  ply or cord through the tread;
                     (C)  has a tread or sidewall crack, cut, or snag as
  measured on the outside of the tire that is more than an inch long
  and deep enough to expose the body cords;
                     (D)  has any visible bump, bulge, or knot
  apparently related to tread or sidewall separation or partial
  failure of the tire structure, including the bead area;
                     (E)  has been repaired temporarily by the use of a
  blowout patch or boot;
                     (F)  has worn tread wear indicators that contact
  the road in any two adjacent major grooves in the center or middle
  of the tire; or
                     (G)  does not otherwise meet applicable
  department safety standards for the tire adopted under Section
         SECTION 2.  Section 547.612, Transportation Code, is amended
  by adding Subsection (f) to read as follows:
         (f)  Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, a
  person who owns or operates a business that installs tires on motor
  vehicles or an employee of the person may not knowingly install an
  unsafe tire on a motor vehicle to be used on a public street or
  highway.  A person who violates this subsection is liable to this
  state for a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $500.  This
  subsection does not apply to the reinstallation of a tire on a motor
  vehicle that had been removed from the motor vehicle.  Section
  542.301 does not apply to a violation of this subsection.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 511 passed the Senate on
  April 29, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 23, Nays 8.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 511 passed the House on
  May 22, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 79, Nays 64, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House