New Mexico three-wheeled car drivers no longer need helmets

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SANTA FE (KRQE) – A strange and new class of three-wheeled car will now be treated like a car under New Mexico law.

Tuesday afternoon Governor Susana Martinez signed HB 65. The new law accommodates cars like the Elio.

While the Elio has airbags, seatbelts and a steering wheel, it only has three wheels. Because it has fewer than four wheel anyone riding in one would have to wear a helmet under previous rules.

Rep. Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, introduced HB 65 to fix that. Three-wheeled vehicles that meet certain safety requirements, such as the Elio, are now classified as autocycles and drivers of them wouldn’t need a helmet.

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