Lyft Slapped with Restraining Orders Hours Before NYC Launch
According to a report, both the New York City Taxi and Limo Commission and the state Attorney General have filed temporary restraining orders against on-demand car service Lyft, who is planning on launching in Brooklyn and Queens Friday evening.
Earlier this week, Lyft announced their intentions to begin operations in NYC. That was immediately met with pushback from the city’s Taxi Commission, who said that the company “has not complied with TLC’s safety requirements and other licensing criteria to verify the integrity and qualifications of the drivers or vehicles used in their service, and Lyft does not hold a license to dispatch cars to pick up passengers” and that “unsuspecting drivers who sign-up with Lyft are at risk of losing their vehicles to TLC enforcement action, as well as being subject to fines of up to $2,000 upon conviction for unlicensed activity.”
WNYC reporter Kate Hinds just tweeted this:
Now BOTH the NYS AG and the NYC TLC are filing temporary restraining orders against Lyft.
— Kate Hinds (@katehinds) July 11, 2014
Lyft confirmed the legal proceedings to The Verge, saying,
“We are in a legal process with local regulators today and will proceed accordingly. We always seek to work collaboratively with leaders in the interests of public safety and the community, as we’ve done successfully in cities and states across the country, and hope to find a path forward for ridesharing in New York.”
And the Taxi and Limo Commission had this to say to Business Insider:
“We are in state supreme court seeking a TRO, as is the AG.”
Lyft responded to the Commission’s protests by saying that they “differ with the TLC is that [they] do not believe its licensing and base station rules apply to the Lyft ridesharing model.”
Lyft is scheduled to throw a launch party in Brooklyn this evening to celebrate their two-borough launch.