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Ride Share Drivers in New Mexico Could Face Drug Tests

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says drivers of ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber in the state should face drug testing requirements like taxi drivers.

Balderas sent state regulators a letter Wednesday and asked them to strengthen public safety standards around the services.

Last week, the state's Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 on new regulations clearing way for the companies to function under guidelines separate from those that govern traditional taxi services. But drug testing requirements were dropped.

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The San Francisco-based Lyft and Uber use smartphone programs to connect people seeking rides with people who have cars. Both had been operating in New Mexico despite complaints for taxi companies.