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C-Prefix Commercial

In 1931 the C-prefix commercial plate with either a “Taxi,” “Bus” or “Driverless” seal affixed superseded the Commercial Car plates of 1923-1929. (The “C” was omitted from the 1931 plates but was used all years thereafter that these plates were in use.)  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.

Buses: 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 new types of Bus of and Taxi plates were introduced, bearing prefixes of “B” and “TX,” respectively.

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.” 
 
         
    
   
   
 
Bus 
 
                        
                        
              
   
   
Taxi 
 
                          
                        
       
   
   
Driverless 
See the page on Driverless vehicles for more information on this unusual category.
 
       
 
Photo Credits: 1932 Bus courtesy Alan Betts. All others by Bill Johnston.
 

 

 

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