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Lyft Starts Service in Miami

Posted on May 22, 2014

Florida Limousine Association President Rick Versace informs members that Lyft is launching in Miami this week.
Florida Limousine Association President Rick Versace informs members that Lyft is launching in Miami this week.

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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