SANTA FE, N.M. — State regulators have approved new rules to allow ride-booking services Lyft and Uber to operate in New Mexico.
The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday on new regulations that clear the way for the companies to operate under guidelines separate from those that govern traditional taxi services.
Commissioners were divided on drug testing requirements for ride-booking drivers and voted 3-2 to require testing only after accidents.
It wasn't immediately clear if Uber and Lyft will apply for licenses under the new rules or continue to operate in the state without authority.
Last year, the commission ordered Lyft to cease operations in Albuquerque, where the company had launched its service. A district judge in Santa Fe refused to enforce the commission's order, allowing the company to operate in the capital city.