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Lyft Starts Service in Miami

Posted on May 22, 2014

FT. LAUDERDALE — On the heels of a recent victory that banned Uber from operating in Miami, Florida Limousine Association (FLA) President Rick Versace informed members during Tuesday night’s meeting that Lyft was launching its ride-sharing service in Miami Thursday.

“We beat Uber—that’s the good news, but I understand Lyft is starting in Miami this week,” said Versace.

According to the Miami Herald, Lyft began its ride-sharing service Thursday evening in much of Miami-Dade County, offering passengers free rides for two-weeks when they sign up for the service. Lyft said in the article that it was not violating any local regulations because its peer-to-peer business model is different than Uber.

However, the Herald quoted Diego Feliciano, president of the South Florida Taxicab Association, who said, “They are Uber’s largest competitor. Their model is a little different, calling (the money paid) ‘tips.’ However, compensation is compensation. It’s illegal to transport the public without the proper certifications from Miami-Dade County.”

— Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor

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