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Uber, ABQ Reach Airport Deal

Uber, ABQ Reach Airport Deal

'Uber, for all their great PR, is still operating illegally in New Mexico' -- ABQ Cab Co. lawyer

Smiling smiling at backseat passengerThe city of Albuquerque a deal with ride-sharing service company Uber to provide service to the International Sunport, Mayor Richard Berry’s office said Tuesday.

Berry was expected to offer details of the deal at a 5 p.m. news conference at the airport, his office said in a media advisory.

“Mayor Richard J. Berry and the Albuquerque International Sunport are joining other major airports to provide Uber service to Sunport passengers,” the advisory said. “The City of Albuquerque and Uber have entered a temporary agreement in compliance with existing City ordinances and State laws to allow Uber drivers to provide an on-demand transportation option.”

Earlier this year the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission issued rules for ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to operate legally in the state as transportation network carriers. Lyft claimed the rules were too onerous and stopped doing business here.

Uber remains in business but has challenged the PRC’s rules before the New Mexico Supreme Court.

While it’s not immediately clear what Berry’s deal with Uber entails, attorney Michael Cadigan, who represents Albuquerque Cab Company, said he thinks the deal is inappropriate because Uber is operating illegally in the state, meaning it has not applied for an operating license as required by the PRC.

“Uber, for all their great PR, is still operating illegally in New Mexico,” Cadigan said. “And it’s troubling that the city would enter into a contract with a company that is operating outside the law.”
Cadigan said taxi companies pay the city $1,100 a month for the right to pick up passengers at the airport.

— Dennis Domrzalski

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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