CONNECTICUT — — Connecticut travelers can no longer use UberX and Lyft vehicles in the state, and the state is also imposing limits on driverless vehicles, but the state has yet to announce any other restrictions.
The new restrictions are set to take effect Tuesday for people with permits, drivers, and passengers who are not registered or licensed.
The restrictions were announced Thursday.
A state spokeswoman confirmed the regulations will take effect for drivers with permits and will be in effect through April.
The restriction bans all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 3,000 pounds, except for self-propelled electric vehicles, electric bicycles, and self-driving electric vehicles.
The rules also ban all self-driven vehicles, except electric motorcycles, powered by fuel cell technology, and vehicles with an estimated 0.6 to 0.8 gallons of fuel cell fuel in the vehicle.
It is not yet clear how long the restrictions will last.
They will be implemented by April 15, but it is not clear if the restrictions apply to all vehicle types, or only to certain types.
A person can be arrested for a violation of the rules if they are using a motor vehicle to transport passengers or property.
The restrictions are being put in place amid concerns that UberX, Lyft, and other ride-hailing services have been providing rides in and around Connecticut without registering or licensing.
The companies have been criticized for allowing UberX to operate in New Haven, Hartford, and Fairfield without registering as a cab company, and Lyft to operate without registering in New Britain.
Uber has denied the allegations.
Lyft has also said that the company has registered with the state and is currently in compliance.
The ride-sharing companies have faced scrutiny from law enforcement agencies across the country, including the FBI and the Massachusetts State Police, who have been investigating the companies for possible violations of federal law.
Uber says the company will continue to operate.
Lyft has not responded to requests for comment.
The companies also faced criticism from Gov.
He said on Twitter on Friday that the ban is “an unnecessary distraction from important work.”
Malloy has said he believes Connecticut’s regulations are adequate, but he has said the state should have the option of expanding ride-share programs.