Overview of New Mexico Trucking Laws & Regulations
Commercial truckers traveling through New Mexico are required to comply with the state’s trucking regulations,1 regardless of where the vehicles are registered. These regulations have been established to promote roadway safety and protect everyone traveling on New Mexico’s roads.
When truck drivers and/or trucking companies fail to abide by these regulations, they can threaten the safety of anyone sharing the road with them by increasing the risk of crashes.
At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, our Midland attorneys are committed to helping truck accident survivors pursue justice and recovery. Focused on helping our clients pursue all available legal remedies, our lawyers are ready to put their experience, skills and insight to work helping you secure the compensation you likely deserve when truck wrecks result from any form of negligence, including violations of New Mexico (or any) trucking regulations.
New Mexico Trucking Regulations: Key Points
While New Mexico trucking regulations cover various driving- and vehicle-related factors, some of the key issues they pertain to include:
What to expect at state ports of entry – These regulations detail what documents commercial truckers must present to authorities at the state’s ports of entry, as well as the various fees and/or taxes that can be assessed. In terms of documents, New Mexico trucking regulations require drivers to present their CDLs, their driving log book, and shipping papers (among other documents) to officers at ports of entry. In terms of fees, these can include (and are by no means limited to) special fuel permit fees, trip taxes, caravan fees and oversize permit fees.
Size limits for commercial trucks – State regulations limit the length of single-unit commercial trucks to 40 feet and, for combination units, to 65 feet. Semitrailers are limited to being 28 feet and 6 inches (per trailer).
Weight limits for commercial trucks – In terms of weight limits, New Mexico laws set these at between 33,600 pounds and 88,400 pounds (depending on the type of truck).
Required truck safety equipment, driver inspections, and the rules for transporting hazardous materials – These all generally comply with federal trucking regulations, according to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.2
These regulations also set the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in New Mexico.3
Get Experienced Help Recovering from a Truck Wreck: Contact a Midland Truck Accident Lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving an overloaded truck, you can turn to a truck accident lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm for more insight about your options for recovery and justice.
For nearly three decades, our trusted lawyers have been working tirelessly to help truck accident victims maximize their financial recoveries so they can reclaim their lives. As fierce litigators with a strong record of success, our lawyers have the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to provide effective representation while bringing your case to the best possible resolution.
Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. When you meet with us, we will provide you with clear answers so that you have the information you need to make the right decision for you and your family.
From offices based in Midland, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, our skilled lawyers provide superior service and effective legal advocacy to injured people throughout the U.S.
2: The NMPRC’s “Motor Transportation Rules” eBook
3: Information about New Mexico CDLs