September 14, 2012
THE BELTZ LAW FIRM
A consideration by all people contemplating an occupational license is the number of hours you are allowed to operate a motor vehicle when you are issued an occupational drivers license. The Texas Transportation Code, Section 521.248 (b) states as follows:
b) The person may not operate a motor vehicle for more than four hours in any 24-hour period, except that on a showing of necessity the court may allow the person to drive for any period determined by the court that does not exceed 12 hours in any 24-hour period.
The important thing here is that the driver may operate motor vehicle for no more than four hours in a any 24 hour period unless he/she can show that it is a necessity to drive longer. In that case, if the necessity is shown, the court may grant up to 12 hours of drive time in any 24-hour period.
So, you must ask yourself, how many hours do I need to be on the road each day in order to get to work, perform my job, and complete necessary household tasks. The occupational license is not for club hopping on a Saturday night!
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