NEW YORK — Despite an onslaught of both New York City and state court and regulatory agency actions prohibiting Lyft from establishing a foothold in the city or in Rochester and Buffalo, the growing TNC continues to operate, brushing off any and all city and state legal proceeding to shut it down.
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On Monday, Lyft filed a motion contesting a state temporary restraining order prohibiting Lyft from operating in the state. The company asserted in its motion that the state has not shown that “Lyft is violating regulations concerning ‘for hire’ vehicle status or any provision of New York insurance Law. The company said it is “neither a ‘for hire’ car service company nor does it sell insurance in the state. Rather, Lyft is a real-time, mobile-based peer-to-peer ridesharing platform.”
Members of the Limousine, Bus & Taxi Operators of Upstate New York (LBTOUNY) have been aggressively trying to stop all TNCs from operating in the Buffalo-Rochester region, and have worked with Buffalo city officials to issues a cease and desist order to Lyft, Uber and Rideshare.
Lyft started its service in April under the radar of Buffalo city officials until the LBTOUNY brought the on-demand mobile app ride service to their attention at the meeting.
—Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor