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SANTA FE—Earlier today, the Senate approved a measure sponsored by Rep. David Gallegos (R-Eunice) to ensure the state appropriately maintains the safety records of commercial vehicle drivers on New Mexico’s roads. 

House Bill 182 changes the time period for the New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department (TRD) to maintain conviction records for holders of commercial driver’s licenses from three years to six years. It also requires TRD to keep the records of commercial vehicle drivers convicted of great bodily harm, injury to pregnant women, and driving under the influence for 55 years.

HB 182 is co-sponsored by Sen. Cliff Pirtle (R-Roswell).

“We have a responsibility to ensure that drivers of commercial vehicles have safe driving records and do not pose a threat to others sharing the road,” said Rep. Gallegos. “I appreciate the support this bill has received, and I look forward to seeing it enacted into law soon.”

HB 182 will now be sent to Governor Susana Martinez for action.