A new law restricting left lane travel for trucks goes into effect over the weekend in New Mexico.
Starting on July 1, 2023, New Mexico’s new law banning trucks from using the left lane goes into effect, with some exceptions.
The law requires trucks to stay in the right lane of any two or more lane highway unless actively passing another vehicle.
According to New Mexico State Police (NMSP), failure to obey could result in a penalty assessment of $250 for the first and second offenses and $500 for the third offense.
The left lane legislation was introduced by Senator George Munoz in January 2023. Munoz says that the left lane truck ban will reduce traffic congestion and increase highway safety.
NMSP says that official signage will be placed on roadways to alert truckers to the left lane restriction within the next few months and police will begin enforcement.
See the statement from NMSP below for more.