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Wildly popular ride-sharing service Lyft Inc. came to a screeching halt in Albuquerque on Wednesday when the state Public Regulation Commission ordered it to cease operations immediately.
The five-member commission voted unanimously to order Lyft – a mobile device-based service that connects people seeking rides with people who have cars – to provide testimony by June 2 in response to allegations that it is illegally operating a taxi service.
The company, which launched in June 2012, is particularly popular with young people. It currently operates in 60 cities, and it plans to extend service to Miami today.
New Mexico is one of many states nationwide where Lyft is facing potential regulatory restrictions, but it is among the first to order the company to cease operations, according to Douglas Shinkle of the National Conference of State Legislatures.