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PRC decision on Lyft still pending

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lyftThe New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has nearly wrapped up testimony in its hearing on whether the state Motor Carrier Act applies to ride-sharing service Lyft Inc., and whether the commission has the authority to impose a cease and desist order against the company.

Commissioners heard testimony from Lyft representatives and witnesses on Tuesday. It had already listened to PRC staff and its witnesses during a day-long hearing last week. A final witness from the state Office of the Superintendent of Insurance will testify next Wednesday, concluding the oral hearings.

However, commissioners have asked legal representatives from Lyft and PRC staff to prepare written briefs on the jurisdictional and legal issues in the case, said PRC Transportation Division Director Ryan Jerman. That could take up to a month.

“The next step in enforcing the commission’s cease and desist order against Lyft will await the outcome of these proceedings,” Jerman told the Journal. “No decision has yet been made, and there’s no inkling yet of what the commission will do.”

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