House OKs Uber, Lyft bill fixing New Mexico impasse

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a passenger in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. Passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport will be allowed to leave in an UberX car starting Thursday, Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

SANTA FE (AP) – The New Mexico House has approved a bill aimed at welcoming and regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft.

The GOP-led House overwhelmingly passed Monday the proposal 58-8 a year after a similar measure died in the legislature amid partisan bickering.

Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, sponsored the bill to allow the companies to operate legally in New Mexico.

The legal status of the companies has been in limbo in the state since they began offering services in 2014. The companies say the state’s Motor Carrier Act doesn’t apply to them because they don’t operate as commercial taxi businesses.

Uber and Lyft offer an online service that allows people with cars to connect with people seeking rides.

Traditional taxi companies say ride-booking services still need to be regulated.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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