Can You Ride in the Back of a Pickup Truck in Texas?

In Texas, it is legal to ride in the back of a pickup truck, but there are certain restrictions that must be followed for everyone’s safety. In general, the Texas Transportation Code states that passengers may only ride in the back of a pickup truck if the vehicle is equipped with properly functioning side and tailgates.

Additionally, riders must be over the age of 18 and seated on stationary seats or structural supports. Furthermore, riders must not exceed the number of people that can be legally seated in the bed of the truck.

In terms of safety regulations, all passengers riding in a pickup truck must wear seatbelts at all times. If seatbelts are not available, then passengers must remain seated within an area enclosed by a cab protector or canopy that is securely fastened to the bed of the truck. Similarly, if rides are taking place at night then reflective flags should be affixed to both sides of the truck bed and illuminated lights should be used as well.

It is also important to note that certain areas may have more stringent regulations governing riding in pickup trucks. For instance, some cities and counties may have laws that prohibit riding in open beds altogether or limit it to certain roads only. As such, it is best to check local regulations before taking a ride in a pickup truck just to make sure you don’t accidentally break any laws or put yourself at risk.


In short, it is legal for adults over 18 years old to ride in the back of a pickup truck in Texas as long as they follow basic safety regulations like wearing seatbelts and having proper lighting at night time. However, local laws may impose further restrictions so it’s important to check those before deciding to take a ride.

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Stephen Dunn