THIS IS CAR SEAT SAFETY WEEK: So the New Mexico Department of Transportation and Safer New Mexico Now will offer free statewide inspections of car seats and booster seats and their installation from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
To have yours verified, make an appointment by calling 505-856-6143 – no visits will be accepted, according to the NMDOT press release. You will need to bring the car seat and its manual, your vehicle manual and the child using the seat if possible. Masks and social distancing will be required.
The sites are:
- Albuquerque: Kohl’s, 6800 Holly NE.
- Artesia: Fire Station No. 2, 702 W. Chisum St.
- Las Cruces: Heart for the World Church, 1605 South Valley Drive.
- Rio Rancho: Target, 4225 Crestview Drive SE.
- Santa Fe: JCPenney, 4250 Cerrillos Road.
Why is it important to have this verified? Because many car seats are improperly installed and do not protect the child as expected. When installed correctly, “the use of car seats decreases the risk of death by approximately 71% for rear-facing infants and by 54% for older forward-facing children.” indicates the press release. “In addition, booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury in children aged 4 to 8 compared to using the seat belt alone. “
YOU CANNOT REGISTER WITHOUT INSURANCE: A few weeks ago, a column included a reader commenting on the abundance of expired license plate labels in the city who wrote, “If they’re not currently registered, they can’t have insurance.” And that’s a danger to me.
And another reader questions that.
John sends emails: “My experience and that of half a dozen colleagues confirm that he is wrong, but we missed or waited in vain for a correction. Our courts and contract law clearly favor coverage. … Please consider printing the opinion of a truly accredited and qualified person to confirm or deny their reference.
New Mexico law not only promotes, but requires coverage. Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone buys it – although in theory John is right and everyone with an expired plate could have paid for vehicle insurance and just never got to register their vehicle. with the Motor Vehicle Division. In a pandemic where the MVD still operates by appointment only, stranger things could happen.
But according to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019, New Mexico had the fourth-worst uninsured driver rate, at 21.8%, or more than one in five. And there’s also all the letters MVD has to send to cancel registrations because people get insurance just for signing up and then canceling policies.
So let’s move on to this accredited and qualified person.
I asked Charlie Moore from the Department of Taxation and Revenue, who oversees the MVD, who comes first, insurance or registration? “This one is easier than chicken and egg,” he says. “Insurance. This is one of the documents you need to register.
And that means our reader should have said something like “If they’re not currently registered, (seriously wonder if they) have insurance.”
MVD TERMINATES EXEMPTION FROM FEES: It is according to a press release which came out Friday evening.
“The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will end its waiver of penalties and late fees related to vehicle registration and titling as of close of business on September 30. The late fees and penalties were waived under an executive order issued at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. ”
These late fees include $ 10 if a vehicle is used or transported after registration expires, $ 20 if a title request is not made within 30 calendar days of the date of transfer, and an increase of Motor vehicle excise tax of 4% to 6% for failure to apply for a certificate of title within 90 days of accepting the transfer of a vehicle to New Mexico.
The statement states that “all MVD offices are open by appointment only and most are available same or next day. Appointments can be booked at mvdonline.com or by calling 888-683-4636.
Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the metro area on Monday. Contact her at 823-3858; [email protected]; or 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109.