New Mexico regulators expected to rule on Lyft, Uber

Judge refuses to ban Lyft

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico regulators could halt ride-booking services Lyft and Uber as officials remain unsure what to do with the companies amid outdated state rules.

The Public Regulation Commission is scheduled Wednesday to decide whether to order the ride-booking services to stop operating in New Mexico after complaints from traditional taxi companies.

Last year, the commission ordered Lyft to cease operations in Albuquerque, where the company had launched its service. But a district judge in Santa Fe refused to enforce the commission’s cease-and-desist order, allowing the company to operate in the state capital.

San Francisco-based Lyft and Uber use smartphone programs to connect people seeking rides with people who have cars.

The commission also is expected to vote on rules that would allow the services to operate but critics say new state laws were needed instead.

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