State making rules for ride-sharing operations like Lyft, Uber

Updated: 07/09/2014 3:01 PM | Created: 07/09/2014 1:31 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission started their rulemaking process to address two new ride-sharing operations in Albuquerque.

Instead of voting to enforce a cease and desist order sent to both Lyft and Uber, the PRC agreed on Wednesday to start the process for creating a new category that would allow both companies to operate in the state.

Lyft and Uber use smartphone apps to connect people needing rides with drivers who use their own cars—sometimes at lower fares than those offered by taxi companies.

Both businesses met state opposition to their services when they expanded to the Duke City in April.

The PRC ordered both companies to cease operations, saying they were providing taxi services without the proper permits and safety guidelines required by state law.

The commission is now in the process of creating a peer-to-peer transportation category. A timeline for the rulemaking is not clear at this point.

A spokeswoman for Lyft says the company looks forward to continuing the conversation about their peer-to-peer model and safety standards.

"The vibrant Lyft community in Albuquerque has helped spark a transportation movement that is making life in the city safer and more affordable. New Mexico has emerged as one of the nation's most innovation-friendly states, and today's decision by the PRC recognizes that with creative thinking, regulations can be revisited to allow new industries to thrive and still maintain the highest level of public safety," spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson wrote to KOB Eyewitness News 4. 

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