New Mexico cease and desist stays for Lyft

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Updated: 7/31/2014 1:03 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators have rejected a motion by ride-sharing service Lyft for a stay on a pending cease and desist order against the company.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission unanimously declined Wednesday to issue a stay. However, commissioners approved a hearing on Lyft claims that the PRC lacks jurisdiction.

The commission ordered the San Francisco-based Lyft in May to cease operations in Albuquerque, where the company launched its mobile device-based service last April.

Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson says the company wants to find a solution with the commission.

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

A hearing on whether the New Mexico Motor Carrier Act cover ride-sharing is scheduled Aug. 6.

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