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Bus

1930 was the only year that New Mexico had a license plate that was explicitly embossed “BUS,” and from the information found on their weight/capacity seals one can infer that they were used for both buses and taxis. This plate was superseded in 1931 by the C-prefix commercial plate with either a “Taxi” or “Bus” seal affixed.

In New Mexico buses and taxis were in the early years closely allied classes of vehicles which were differentiated by law as follows:

Taxicabs: Motor vehicles for the transportation of persons for hire, having a normal seating capacity of not more than seven persons.
Bus: Motor vehicles for the transportation of persons for hire, having a normal seating capacity in excess of seven persons.

There might be little difference in the appearance, therefore, between a 7-passenger taxi and an 8-passenger bus. And an examination of the seals on these plates shows that they don’t always follow the above definitions.

In 1955 a new type of Bus plate was introduced, bearing just a prefix of “B.”

Note: The weight/capacity seals used on these plates are commonly called “tabs” today, but during the years they were in use the only name applied to them was “seal.”
 
              
              
              
 
   
                                  
 
Photo Credits: 1932 Bus courtesy Alan Betts. All others by Bill Johnston.
 

 

 

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