2019 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 66 - Motor Vehicles
Article 3 - Registration Laws; Security Interests; Anti-Theft Provisions; Bicycles; Equipment; Unsafe Vehicles; Off-Highway Motor Vehicles; Other Vehicles
Section 66-3-1001.1 - Definitions.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 66-3-1001.1 (2019)

As used in the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act:

A. "board" means the off-highway motor vehicle advisory board;

B. "department" means the department of game and fish;

C. "division" means the motor vehicle division of the taxation and revenue department;

D. "fund" means the trail safety fund;

E. "off-highway motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle designed by the manufacturer for operation exclusively off the highway or road and includes:

(1) "all-terrain vehicle", which means a motor vehicle fifty inches or less in width, having an unladen dry weight of one thousand pounds or less, traveling on three or more low-pressure tires and having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator and handlebar-type steering control;

(2) "off-highway motorcycle", which means a motor vehicle traveling on not more than two tires and having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator and that has handlebar-type steering control;

(3) "snowmobile", which means a motor vehicle designed for travel on snow or ice and steered and supported in whole or in part by skis, belts, cleats, runners or low-pressure tires;

(4) "recreational off-highway vehicle", which means a motor vehicle designed for travel on four or more non-highway tires, for recreational use by one or more persons, and having:

(a) a steering wheel for steering control;

(b) non-straddle seating;

(c) maximum speed capability greater than thirty-five miles per hour;

(d) gross vehicle weight rating no greater than one thousand seven hundred fifty pounds;

(e) less than eighty inches in overall width, exclusive of accessories;

(f) engine displacement of less than one thousand cubic centimeters; and

(g) identification by means of a seventeen-character vehicle identification number; or

(5) by rule of the department, any other vehicles that may enter the market that fit the general profile of vehicles operated off the highway for recreational purposes;

F. "staging area" means a parking lot, trailhead or other location to or from which an off-highway motor vehicle is transported so that it may be placed into operation or removed from operation; and

G. "unpaved public roadway" means a dirt graveled street or road that is constructed, signed and maintained for regular passenger-car use by the general public.

History: Laws 2005, ch. 325, § 1; 2009, ch. 53, § 1.


The 2009 amendment, effective April 1, 2009, in Subsection A, changed "safety" to "advisory"; added Subsection B; in Subsection C, added "of the taxation and revenue department"; and added Paragraphs (4) and (5) of Subsection E.

Temporary provisions. — Laws 2009, ch. 53, § 14, provided that on July 1, 2009, all records, personnel, appropriations, money, equipment, supplies and other property of the tourism department pursuant to administration and enforcement of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act shall be transferred to the department of game and fish and all contracts pursuant to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act shall be binding and effective on the department of game and fish.

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