Before September 1st, 2009, Texas had no laws governing age, height or weight of motorcycle passengers. However, after HB 537 was passed during the 31st Legislative Session, no passengers under the age of five were allowed on motorcycles. The laws on helmet requirements remained the same: passengers under the age of 21 were required to wear helmets while those over the age of 21 were not required to wear helmets as long as the driver met the helmet exemption requirements.
Malorie’s Law was passed in 2013, and as of 2015, motorcycles that are equipped to carry passengers are required to have passenger footrests and handholds installed.
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