New Mexico Governor Ready to Sign Ridesharing Bill

March 10, 2016

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to sign a measure that would allow San Francisco-based ride-booking companies Uber and Lyft to operate in the state.

Martinez is scheduled Wednesday to attend a signing ceremony in Albuquerque after arriving in an Uber car.

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 does not apply to them because they do not operate as commercial taxi businesses.

Uber and Lyft use smartphone apps to connect their drivers with people seeking rides.

Ride Hailing AppsLyft had stop operating in the state after the state regulators couldn’t come up with a solution

The new regulations include background checks for drivers against criminal and sexual offender databases.

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