New Mexico vetoes right lane bill for truckers

March 18, 20220

A bill that could require trucks to stay in the right lane on New Mexico roads was banned after being passed in the House of Representatives.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham decided not to sign Senate Bill 174.

The bill was introduced by Senator George Munoz. It passed in the Senate by 33 votes to 5 and in the House of Representatives by 52 votes to 14.

It required “a truck attached to a cargo trailer and operated on the interstate and non-municipal highway system to drive in the right lane, except when it overtakes another vehicle or approaches a parked emergency or retriever or wrecked vehicle with flashing hazard warning lights.”

Drivers who use the left lane illegally face fines of up to $200.

Authorities believe that the bill will reduce delays on roads, especially on I-40.

The New Mexico Trucking Association opposed the bill.


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