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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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