Ask 2: Are there any laws that restrict 18-wheelers from driving in specific lanes or roadways in Houston?

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Question: Are there any laws that restrict 18-wheelers from driving in specific lanes or roadways in Houston?

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Answer: The Houston Police Department Truck Enforcement Unit restricts vehicles with three or more axles, such as 18-wheelers, from driving in the left lane on four Houston freeways.

According to the City of Houston website, vehicles with three or more axles are prohibited from occupying the left lane on the following freeways:

  • East Freeway between Waco Street and Uvalde
  • State Highway 225 between the 610 Loop and Highway 146
  • North Freeway between Loop 610 and Rankin Road
  • US 290 between Loop 610 and Beltway 8

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