Lyft has worked out a deal to begin operations in New York City. The deal, which sees the upstart ride hailing company making severe concessions, is effective today. The deal also makes Lyft a little less, well, like Lyft.
Lyft, the ridesharing service with the big pink moustache, has delayed their Big Apple launch. The company was set to start giving rides this evening, but an eleventh hour delay is putting those plans off. Had they gone through with their service, it may have turned ugly — and quick.
Several ride-sharing services were under fire recently in Seattle, where a limitation of how many drivers each service could have on the road at a given time drew the ire of he three companies. Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar all cried foul over the limitations, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray heard them. In response, he’s lifted those limitation from an ordinance set to go before the City Council soon.
Uber and Lyft, tow popular ride sharing services, have been sued. Three wheelchair-bound citizens in Texas have sued the two services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), claiming the two services deny service to disabled people. The three plaintiffs are asking that both services have their operations shut down until they provide wheelchair access.
It's barely been a month since Uber and Lyft started their services in Tampa, Florida, that the companies are facing the brunt of officers with the Public Transportation Commission. News is that the authorities are cracking down on the drivers of the ridesharing companies, and will no longer be issuing warning but handing out direct fines.