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Is it legal to ride in the back of a truck in Texas?

Cape Town, South Africa

HOUSTON (NEXSTAR) – There are a lot of reasons one might ride in the back of a truck, especially since it can feel liberating to do so. But is it legal? Texas law provides that answer.

Texas law does not forbid anyone over the age of 18 from riding in the open bed of a truck or trailer.

However, the same cannot be said for Texans younger than 18. Drivers caught with a minor in the bed of a truck or on a trailer can face a fine between $25 and $200.

There are notable exceptions to the rule, including:

One last notable exception to the rule includes, “operating or towing the vehicle in a parade or in an emergency.”

Regardless of age, the risk of traveling without a seatbelt still exists, and drivers should be aware of how dangerous traveling with riders in the back of a truck or trailer can be.

(KXAN contributed to this report)