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Texas Transportation Code - Section 547.333. Multiple-Beam Lighting Equipment Required

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§ 547.333. MULTIPLE-BEAM LIGHTING EQUIPMENT REQUIRED. (a) Unless provided otherwise, a headlamp, auxiliary driving lamp, auxiliary passing lamp, or combination of those lamps mounted on a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle: (1) shall be arranged so that the operator can select at will between distributions of light projected at different elevations; and (2) may be arranged so that the operator can select the distribution automatically. (b) A lamp identified by Subsection (a) shall produce: (1) an uppermost distribution of light or composite beam that is aimed and emits light sufficient to reveal a person or vehicle at a distance of at least 450 feet ahead during all conditions of loading; and (2) a lowermost distribution of light or composite beam that: (A) is aimed and emits light sufficient to reveal a person or vehicle at a distance of at least 150 feet ahead; and (B) is aimed so that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam on a vehicle that is operated on a straight, level road under any condition of loading projects into the eyes of an approaching vehicle operator. (c) A person who operates a vehicle on a roadway or shoulder shall select a distribution of light or composite beam that is aimed and emits light sufficient to reveal a person or vehicle at a safe distance ahead of the vehicle, except that: (1) an operator approaching an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet shall select: (A) the lowermost distribution of light or composite beam, regardless of road contour or condition of loading; or (B) a distribution aimed so that no part of the high-intensity portion of the lamp projects into the eyes of an approaching vehicle operator; and (2) an operator approaching a vehicle from the rear within 300 feet may not select the uppermost distribution of light. (d) A motor vehicle of a model year of 1948 or later, other than a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, that has multiple-beam lighting equipment shall be equipped with a beam indicator that is: (1) designed and located so that the lighted indicator is visible without glare to the vehicle operator; and (2) lighted only when the uppermost distribution of light is in use. Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

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