Section 1. Section 11-14-2 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1997, Chapter 191, Section 2) is amended to read:

"11-14-2. PROVISIONS OF AGREEMENT.--The provisions of this multistate agreement are as follows:



(a) The participating jurisdictions find that:

(1) Highway transportation is the major mode for movement of people and goods in the western states.

(2) Uniform application of state vehicle regulations and laws may result in a reduction of pollution, congestion, fuel consumption, and related transportation costs, which are necessary to permit increased productivity.

(b) The purposes of this agreement are to:

(1) Adhere to the principle that each participating jurisdiction has the freedom to develop vehicle size and weight standards that it determines to be most appropriate to its economy and highway system.

(2) Establish a system that would promote more efficient operation of vehicles traveling between two or more participating jurisdictions regarding necessary state government vehicle laws and regulations.

(3) Encourage uniformity among participating jurisdictions in vehicle size and weight standards on the basis of the objectives set forth in this agreement when the objectives are compatible with the safe operation of the vehicles on each member's highway system, and when these size and weight standards do not have an adverse impact on state and local highway, street or road maintenance programs.

(4) Encourage uniformity, insofar as possible, of administrative procedures in the enforcement of recommended vehicle size and weight standards.

(5) Provide means for the encouragement and utilization of research which will facilitate the achievement of the foregoing purposes, with due regard for the findings set forth in paragraph (a) of this article.

(6) Facilitate communication among legislators, state transportation administrators and commercial industry representatives in addressing the emerging highway transportation issues in participating jurisdictions.


(a) As used in this agreement:

(1) "Cooperating committee" means a committee composed of the designated representatives from participating jurisdictions.

(2) "Designated representative" means a legislator or other person authorized to represent the jurisdiction.

(3) "Jurisdiction" means a state of the United States or the District of Columbia.

(4) "Vehicle" means any vehicle as defined by statute to be subject to size and weight standards and which operates in two or more participating jurisdictions.


(a) Participation in this agreement is open to jurisdictions which subscribe to the findings, purpose and objectives of this agreement and which seek legislation necessary to accomplish these objectives.

(b) The particular jurisdictions, working through their designated representatives, shall cooperate and assist each other in achieving the desired goals of this agreement pursuant to appropriate statutory authority.

(c) Article headings contained herein shall not be deemed to govern, limit, modify, or in any manner affect the scope, meaning, or intent of the provisions of any article or paragraph hereof.

(d) This agreement shall not authorize the operation of a vehicle in any participating jurisdiction contrary to the laws or rules or regulations thereof.

(e) The final decisions regarding the interpretation of questions at issue relating to this agreement shall be reached by unanimous joint action of the participating jurisdictions acting through their designated representatives. Results of all such actions shall be in writing.

(f) This agreement may be amended by unanimous joint action of the participating jurisdictions acting through their designated representatives. Any amendments shall be in writing and shall become a part of the agreement.

(g) Any jurisdiction entering this agreement shall provide each of the other participating jurisdictions with a list of any of its restrictions, conditions, or limitations on the general terms of this agreement.

(h) Any jurisdiction may become a member of this agreement by signing and accepting the terms of the agreement.


(a) Each participation jurisdiction shall have two designated representatives. Pursuant to paragraph (b) of Article III, the representatives of the participating jurisdictions shall constitute the cooperating committee which shall have the power to:

(1) Collect, correlate, analyze, and evaluate information resulting or derivable from research and testing activities in relation to vehicle size, vehicle weight-related matters, highway safety and bridge maintenance problems caused by heavy vehicles.

(2) Recommend and encourage the undertaking of research and testing in any aspect of vehicle size and weight or related matter when in their collective judgment, appropriate or sufficient research or testing has not been undertaken.

(3) Recommend changes in law or policy, including the compatibility of laws and uniformity of rules and regulations which would assist effective governmental action or coordination in the field of vehicle size and weight-related matters.

(4) Recommend improvements in highway operations, in vehicular safety and in state administration of highway transportation laws.

(5) Perform functions necessary to facilitate the purposes of this agreement.

(b) Each designated representative of a participating jurisdiction shall be entitled to one vote only. No action of the committee shall be approved unless a majority of the designated representatives of the participating jurisdictions are in favor thereof.

(c) The committee shall meet at least once annually and shall elect, from among its members, a vice chairman and a secretary.

(d) The committee shall submit annually to the legislature of each participating jurisdiction a report setting forth the work of the committee during the preceding year and including recommendations developed by the committee. The committee may submit such additional reports as it deems appropriate or desirable.



The participating jurisdictions hereby declare that:

(a) It is the objective of the participating jurisdictions to obtain safer, more economical transportation by motor vehicles among the participating jurisdictions and to obtain more efficient and more economical transportation by motor vehicles between and among the participating jurisdictions by encouraging the adoption of standards that will, as minimums, allow the operation on all state highways, except those determined through engineering evaluation to be inadequate, with a single-axle weight not in excess of twenty thousand pounds, a tandem-axle weight not in excess of thirty-four thousand pounds, and a gross vehicle or combination weight not in excess of that resulting from application of the formula:

W=500((LN/(N-1)) + 12N + 36) where:

W=maximum weight in pounds carried on any group of two or more axles computed to the nearest five hundred pounds; L=distance in feet between the extremes of any group of two or more consecutive axles; and N=number of axles in group under consideration.

(b) It is the further objective of the participating jurisdictions that the operation of a vehicle, or combination of vehicles pursuant in interstate commerce to the objectives stated in paragraph (a) of this article be authorized under special permit authority by each participating jurisdiction for vehicle combinations in excess of the statutory weight of eighty thousand pounds or statutory lengths.

(c) It is the further objective of the participating jurisdictions to facilitate and expedite the operation of any vehicle, or combination of vehicles, among the participating jurisdictions. To that end the participating jurisdictions hereby agree, through their designated representatives, to meet and cooperate in the consideration of vehicle size weight-related matters including, but not limited to, the development of uniform enforcement procedures; additional vehicle size and weight standards; operational standards; agreements or compacts to facilitate regional application and administration of vehicle size and weight standards; uniform permit procedures; uniform application forms; rules and regulations for the operation of vehicles, including equipment requirements, driver qualifications, and operating practices; traffic safety and highway maintenance; and such other matters as may be pertinent.

(d) The cooperating committee may recommend that the participating jurisdictions jointly secure congressional approval of this agreement and, specifically, of the vehicle size and weight standards set forth in paragraph (a) of this article.

(e) It is the further objective of the participating jurisdictions to:

(1) Establish transportation laws and regulations to meet regional needs and to promote an efficient, safe and compatible transportation network.

(2) Develop standards that facilitate the most efficient and environmentally sound operation of vehicles on highways, consistent with and in recognition of principles of highway safety.

(3) Establish programs to increase productivity and reduce congestion, fuel consumption and related transportation costs and enhance air quality through the uniform application of state vehicle regulations and laws.


(a) This agreement shall be in force in the State of New Mexico when enacted into law by two or more jurisdictions. Thereafter, this agreement shall become effective as to any other jurisdiction upon its enactment thereof, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (g) of Article III.

(b) Any participating jurisdiction may withdraw from this agreement by enacting a statute repealing the same, but no such withdrawal shall take effect until 30 days after the designated representative of the withdrawing jurisdiction has given notice in writing of the withdrawal to all the other participating jurisdictions.


(a) This agreement shall be liberally construed so as to effectuate the purposes thereof.

(b) The provisions of this agreement shall be severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this agreement is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any participating jurisdiction or of the United States, or the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this agreement shall not be affected thereby. If this agreement shall be held contrary to the constitution of any jurisdiction participating herein, the agreement shall remain in full force and effect as to the remaining participating jurisdictions and in full force and effect as to the jurisdictions affected as to all severable matters.


(a) A copy of this agreement, its amendments, and rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and interpretations thereof, shall be filed in the highway department of each participating jurisdiction and shall be made available for review by interested parties."

Section 2. Section 11-14-3 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1997, Chapter 191, Section 3) is amended to read:

"11-14-3. DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE TO COOPERATING COMMITTEE--APPOINTMENT.--The process for selecting the designated representatives to the cooperating committee shall be established by law pursuant to this section as follows:

A. the persons authorized to represent the state as the designated representatives to the cooperating committee shall be the chair of the standing senate corporations and transportation committee and the chair of the house transportation committee or a legislator or state agency official that the chair designates; and

B. the chairs designated in Subsection A of this section shall also designate one alternate designated representative who shall also be a legislator or state agency official to serve in the absence of the designated chair."

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