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
Part 12 - OTHER VEHICLES
Section 66-3-1103 - Neighborhood electric cars.
A. A neighborhood electric car shall be equipped with head lamps, stop lamps, front and rear turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, a parking brake, at least one interior and one exterior rear view mirror, a windshield, windshield wipers, a speedometer, an odometer, braking for each wheel, seat belts and a vehicle identification number.
B. Except as provided in Subsection C or D of this section, a neighborhood electric car, properly registered pursuant to the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code [66-1-1 NMSA 1978], in compliance with the Mandatory Financial Responsibility Act [66-5-201 to 66-5-239 NMSA 1978] and driven by an individual with a valid driver's license, may be operated on any street, roadway or highway under the jurisdiction of either the state or a local authority if the posted maximum speed limit is thirty-five miles per hour or less; provided, a neighborhood electric car may cross at an intersection or permitted crossing point at any street, roadway or highway that has a posted maximum speed limit higher than thirty-five miles per hour.
C. A local authority may prohibit the operation of neighborhood electric cars on any road under its jurisdiction if the governing body of the local authority determines that the prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety.
D. The department of transportation may prohibit the operation of neighborhood electric cars on any road under its jurisdiction if it determines that the prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety.
E. Neighborhood electric cars are exempt from the following provisions:
(1) the emblems or flashing lights requirement for slow-moving vehicles in Section 66-3-887 NMSA 1978;
(2) any requirement for vehicle emission inspections adopted by a local authority pursuant to Subsection C of Section 74-2-4 NMSA 1978; and
(3) the minimum motor displacement requirement of Paragraph (2) of Subsection A of Section 66-7-405 NMSA 1978.
History: Laws 2004, ch. 7, § 1; 2004, ch. 96, § 1; 2007, ch. 319, § 39.ANNOTATIONS
The 2007 amendment, effective June 15, 2007, deleted from the definition of a neighborhood electric car the characteristics that it is a four-wheeled electric motor vehicle that has a maximum speed of more that twenty miles per hour, but less than twenty-five miles per hour, and complies with the federal requirement specified in 49 CFR 571.500.