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.