Lane splitting, which is the practice of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of traffic to pass other vehicles, is illegal in Texas. The Texas Transportation Code specifically prohibits motorcycles from passing other vehicles within the same lane, and requires motorcycles to be operated within a single lane of traffic like any other vehicle on the roadway.
While there is no specific law that defines lane splitting, the Texas Department of Public Safety has issued guidelines that clarify that it is not legal to ride a motorcycle between lanes of traffic. Violations of these guidelines or the Texas Transportation Code can result in citations and fines for the motorcyclist.
The prohibition on lane splitting in Texas is intended to promote safety on the roadway and reduce the risk of accidents involving motorcycles. Drivers should be aware of the prohibition on lane splitting and exercise caution when driving near motorcycles to help ensure the safety of all motorists on the road.