Traffic Tip: Lowered vehicles must be able to clear crossing railroad tracks

By David Brogger
June 2, 2013 at 1:02 a.m.

This week's traffic tip discusses having enough clearance on a lowered vehicle.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

I was asked by a concerned citizen named Steven about any laws pertaining to lowered vehicles; specifically clearances under the lowered vehicle. Steven wanted to know if there were certain measurements that a vehicle had to be off of the roadway to be legal.

Steven drives a lowered truck and wanted to make certain that he wasn't breaking any laws.

Well, the only specific law I was able to locate regarding any restrictions on how low the frame of a vehicle could actually be says a person may not drive on or cross a railroad grade crossing unless the vehicle has sufficient undercarriage clearance.

Basically, make sure that your vehicle does not scrape the railroad tracks when crossing them, and you should be good.

Other portions of the law deal with the measurements of lights. For example, headlamps must be between 24-54 inches from the ground and tail lamps must be between 15-72 inches.

These laws can be found in the Texas Transportation Code Section 547. I hope this answers your question, Steven.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website,, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

For more information, contact the Victoria Police Traffic Unit 361-485-3700.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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