Lyft to pull out of New Mexico amid uncertainty

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – The ride-booking service Lyft says it will suspend operations in New Mexico after state regulators passed “onerous” requirements for its drivers.

The San Francisco-based Lyft recently announced that it will no longer operate in the state beginning May 14, weeks after the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission passed new rules aimed at governing ride-booking services.

But Lyft said those rules, which requires drug testing for driver after accidents, made it impossible to operate.

Lyft and Uber use smartphone programs to connect people seeking rides with people who have cars. Both had been operating in New Mexico despite complaints for taxi companies.

Uber said in a statement the PRC still needed to pass “reasonable” regulation for them to operate.

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