Uber and Lyft to be outlawed in New Mexico

Uber and Lyft to be outlawed in New Mexico by taxi operators

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A group of taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft from operating in New Mexico.

The Public Regulation Commission which regulates taxis and limos previously ruled that Lyft and Uber were in violation of state law. However, the two companies have continued to operate.

Unlike traditional taxi businesses, Lyft and Uber use smart-phone programs to connect people seeking rides with people who have cars.

The president of Yellow Checker Cabs in Albuquerque says the ride-sharing services don’t have proper insurance and are putting their own drivers at risk along with New Mexico residents.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a PRC hearing officer is considering whether the services violate the state Motor Carrier Act and could draft new rules that might include the services.