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Lyft ordered to stop ride sharing operations in Albuquerque

Updated: 05/21/2014 2:41 PM | Created: 05/21/2014 2:39 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

The state Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday ordered a new ride-sharing service to halt operations in Albuquerque.

San Francisco-based company Lyft uses an app to connect people needing rides with drivers. The drivers use their own cars and they're typically people with other jobs who are looking to make extra money.

At their Wednesday meeting, the Public Regulation Commission determined that the company is providing taxi services without the proper permits and safety guidelines required by state law.

Lyft also faces tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

"New Mexico residents deserve access to the same modern and safe transportation options that are available in dozens of cities and states across the country," a Lyft spokesperson wrote to KOB. "We will continue to work with local officials in hopes of reaching a solution that prioritizes public safety, expands consumer choice and encourages innovation in the state of New Mexico." 

Photo: Lyft

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