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Is it Illegal to Ride in the Bed of a Pickup Truck in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in How does it work?, Q&A on Tuesday, May 30th, 2018 at 8:02 PM
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In the state of Texas, it is completely legal for adults to ride in the back of a pickup truck. This is a common sight in smaller towns all over while the weather is nice. Some people might not think twice about it, but if the thought has crossed your mind on if it is legal, you can rest easy.

Although it is legal and may seem convenient, it can still be very dangerous. Passengers riding in the back of a truck bed do not have seatbelts to keep them contained in case of an accident. Even minor things such as hitting debris in the road could cause injury to passengers in the bed of a truck.

For more information on the laws about riding in the back of a pickup truck, continue reading. 


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Laws on Riding in the Back of a Truck

  • Must be 18 or over
  • Must be sitting on the bottom of the bed, it is illegal to sit on the sides of the bed of the truck bed

Laws for Children Riding in the Back of a Truck

  • If it is an emergency situation
  • If it is in connection with a parade or hayride
  • If it is on a beach
  • If it is for farm work
  • If the truck is the only vehicle owned by the family members of the child

Riding in the back of a pickup truck is at the discretion of the driver and passenger of the truck. It is legal in the state of Texas and will not cause any issues if the passengers are following the rules that go along with it.

Laws on riding in the back of a pickup truck may vary from state to state, so be sure to research and find out if it’s okay in your home state before sitting in the back for a drive around town.


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