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 reported 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.
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.