Sec. 545.3051. REMOVAL OF PERSONAL PROPERTY FROM ROADWAY OR RIGHT-OF-WAY. (a) In this section:
(1) "Authority" means:
(A) a metropolitan rapid transit authority operating under Chapter 451; or
(B) a regional transportation authority operating under Chapter 452.
(2) "Law enforcement agency" means:
(A) the department;
(B) the police department of a municipality;
(C) the sheriff's office of a county; or
(D) a constable's office of a county.
(3) "Personal property" means:
(A) a vehicle described by Section 545.305;
(B) spilled cargo;
(C) a hazardous material as defined by 49 U.S.C. Section 5102 and its subsequent amendments; or
(D) a hazardous substance as defined by Section 26.263, Water Code.
(b) An authority or a law enforcement agency may remove personal property from a roadway or right-of-way if the authority or law enforcement agency determines that the property blocks the roadway or endangers public safety.
(c) Personal property may be removed under this section without the consent of the owner or carrier of the property.
(d) The owner and any carrier of personal property removed under this section shall reimburse the authority or law enforcement agency for any reasonable cost of removal and disposition of the property.
(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an authority or a law enforcement agency is not liable for:
(1) any damage to personal property removed from a roadway or right-of-way under this section, unless the removal is carried out recklessly or in a grossly negligent manner; or
(2) any damage resulting from the failure to exercise the authority granted by this section.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 803, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.