Restraining order issued against new ride-sharing service in St. Louis

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

(KMOV) – A St. Louis judge on Monday ordered a temporary restraining order against new ride-sharing service Lyft, according to a spokesperson with the St. Louis Taxicab Commission.

Judge David Dowd made the ruling, which temporarily prevents Lyft from doing business in St. Louis.

The decision came after officials say the company Lyft repeatedly ignored a cease and desist order from the St. Louis Taxicab Commission, which calls the new service an “illegal cab operation”.  

Since it began operating in St. Louis Friday, multiple drivers have been issued tickets and citations.

 

Lyft allows customers to use their smartphones and request a vehicle to pick them up. Unlike taxi services that require customers to pay a fee, Lyft allows customers to give a donation to their driver.

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