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RULE §217.142Definitions

(a) The definitions in Transportation Code §731.001 apply to this subchapter.

(b) The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Altered from the manufacturer's original design - as that term is used in §504.501(f), Transportation Code, is defined as the removal, addition, modification, or substitution, of at least one major component part, as defined in Transportation Code §501.091, except that an engine, frame, and body or cab, must be replaced if removed.

  (2) Applicant - a person applying for title to an assembled vehicle who:

    (A) is a hobbyist;

    (B) is the owner of an assembled vehicle that has not been previously titled as an assembled vehicle; or

    (C) purchased an assembled vehicle constructed and designated by the manufacturer as a replica, custom vehicle, street rod, or glider kit.

  (3) Equipment - items and systems, including the connection points of the items and systems, to include the frame; chassis; structural components; wheel assembly; tires; brake system, including each brake, power brake unit, and all integral items of the system; steering system, including power steering, and all integral items of the system; front seat belts if constructed with seat belt anchorages; body; drivetrain; suspension; motor; fuel supply system and all integral items of the system; exhaust system and all integral items of the system; mirrors; windshield; windshield wipers; turn signal lamps; beam indicator; head lamps, minimum of two; tail lamps; stop lamps; and rear red reflectors. This term includes the basic component parts of motor, body, and frame, as defined in §217.402 of this chapter; and some major component parts as defined in Transportation Code §501.091. The term basic component part is defined by rule to identify the parts that will be used in determining evidence of ownership. The term major component part is defined by statute for use in determining whether the vehicle is a custom vehicle or street rod.

  (4) Manufacturer - is a person that builds an assembled vehicle and is not a hobbyist, has the meaning as defined in Occupations Code §2301.002, and is subject to the requirements of that chapter applicable to manufacturers, including sale through a franchise dealer network.

  (5) Master technician - a person who holds a valid certification as a Certified Master Automobile and Light Truck Technician, or equivalent successor certification, issued by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Source Note: The provisions of this §217.142 adopted to be effective March 12, 2015, 40 TexReg 1096; amended to be effective November 14, 2017, 42 TexReg 6385; amended to be effective June 22, 2020, 45 TexReg 4058

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