Monday, April 8, 2013

Traffic Tip: Safety guards or flaps required on dually trucks

This week's traffic tip focuses on safety guards and flaps.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

A man waved me down the other day and had a question regarding "mud flaps" on dually trucks. The man was concerned with an influx of oil-field trucks in the area, which are primarily dually trucks. He said that the dually truck tires tend to throw up gravel and debris from the roadway, which could cause problems.

The law states that any vehicle with four or more tires at the rear must have "safety guards or flaps" that are no less than 8 inches from the ground.

So, if you have a dually truck, please make sure it is equipped with safety guards, commonly called "mud flaps," so it will be legal.

The law is found in Texas Transportation Code 547.606.

Safety guards or flaps required. (a) A road tractor, truck, trailer, truck-tractor in combination with a semitrailer or semitrailer in combination with a towing vehicle that has at least four tires or at least two super single tires on the rearmost axle of the vehicle or the rearmost vehicle in the combination shall be equipped with safety guards or flaps.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites residents to ask us about any traffic issues you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website,, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.


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