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I am afraid no, it is not. According to Texas Transportation Code Sec. 725.021, "the tailgate of the vehicle shall be securely closed."

Ergo, it is mandated that it should be closed while the vehicle is moving.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Ely,


I understand that trucks equipped with a tailgate need to have them closed. Is it a texas law that a pickup has to have a tailgate? many trucks don't. I have three flatbeds that don't even have sides.


We haul large heavy cargo. Forklifts have to drive right up to the bumper to load and unload.




Is it a texas law that a pickup has to have a tailgate?

No, there is no such law. However, if the vehicle is deemed unsafe in its load while driving, the driver/owner may of course be ticketed/fined.

So while there is no law that there should be a tailgate, if the truck or other vehicle is carrying a load, is should be secured properly to avoid official attention.