Texas Dept. of Insurance

Dept. of Insurance
Overview of Amusement Ride Regulation
Regulation Type: 
No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Inspection Program: 

Rides are inspected annually by the operator's insurance company. State law requires owners of mobile rides to perform and record daily inspections of the rides. Logs are to be made available to law enforcement.

Investigative Authority: 

State law does not grant anyone authority to investigate amusement ride accidents. Operators may re-open a ride following a serious accident once the ride has been re-inspected by the operator's insurance company.

Local law enforcement officers have authority to shut down an unsafe or non-compliant ride operated at a carnival or smaller amusement park, but may not interfere with operation of rides at larger parks, even if the ride is non-compliant or appears to be unsafe.

Reporting Criteria: 

Ride-related death or any injury requiring medical care beyond first aid; includes precautionary x-rays. Ride owners submit list of reportable accidents to Dept. of Insurance every three months. Regulations require that owner/operators must post signage telling consumers where to report an unsafe ride, defective ride, or an operator who is operating a ride in an unsafe manner. A contact person and number must be available for all amusement parks, fairs, carnivals, attractions at principle entrance.

Patron Responsibility Law: 


Special Conditions: 

Rides at permanent parks are exempt from state requirements for daily ride inspections. Rides at large permanent parks are exempt from statute allowing law enforcement officers to shut down unsafe or non-compliant rides.

Date of last update: 
September 16, 2008