Uber service still in limbo in NM, plans to offer rides home from NM Brewfest

Updated: 08/27/2014 6:54 PM | Created: 08/27/2014 6:50 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

We are a little more than a month away from the Fifth Annual New Mexico Brewfest. The event brings in craft beers from all over the state.

This year, organizers have partnered up with the popular ride-sharing program "Uber", hoping to help get people home safely. The problem is that the state still hasn't approved Uber to operate in New Mexico.

Back in June, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission denied Uber's application to operate a ride-sharing service in the Land of Enchantment.

The PRC says that Uber doesn't fit under any of the state's rules for a transportation service, but they are working with the ride-sharing services to make new guidelines for use in the future.

A flyer seems to suggest there's some sort of partnership between Uber and the Brewfest.    

In fact, Uber is offering $20 off a ride when you use the code "NMBREWFEST".  

We reached out to Brewfest organizers, who told KOB that they take pride in producing a safe, memorable and fun event for all who attend and participate, and are proactive in procuring and promoting as many safe ride options as possible.

Uber sent a statement to KOB: "We are excited to partner with local businesses and events in New Mexico, like the New Mexico Brewfest, to ensure everyone can get home safely and avoid DUIs. We look forward to continuing conversations with the NMPRC to find sensible regulations for ride-sharing in New Mexico."

The NMPRC did respond to our questions regarding Uber.

They tell us that they have yet to take any official action against Uber and that although their initial application was denied, there is no cease and desist order in place.

The NMPRC said they would "prefer that anyone considering transportation for hire use a licensed provider who has met all necessary safety and insurance requirements under state law."

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