OHVs now allowed on Farmington city roads

The Daily Times staff
Farmington City Council

FARMINGTON -- A new state law that allows communities to draft ordinances allowing off-highway motor vehicles on public roads went into effect Wednesday.

The city of Farmington was one of the communities that drafted an ordinance after the state law was passed. The ordinance adopted by the City Council allows side-by-side off-road recreation vehicles to be driven on public roads, but it does not permit ATVs to operate on city streets. The driver of the side-by-side must have a driver's license, and the vehicle must be insured and registered.

All side-by-sides that are driven on city roads must have headlights, brake lights, turn signals, mirrors, an illuminated speedometer, a horn and a muffler, according to the city of Farmington ordinance.

Any driver who is younger than 18 years old must wear a helmet that has been approved by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, as well as eye protection. The city also enacted a 45 mph speed limit for side-by-sides.

Side-by-sides will not be permitted on Main Street, Broadway Avenue or the La Plata Highway.

The ordinance only applies to the city of Farmington and not to Aztec, Bloomfield, Kirtland or the county.