ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is backing a ride-sharing service in its bid to convince the St. Louis taxi commission not to block the nascent business.
Lyft is a smartphone app-based service that allows users to look for members who offer rides. The front grilles of Lyft cars are decorated with distinctive pink mustaches.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Kinder urged the city’s Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Monday to drop its efforts to regulate Lyft as if it is a taxi service. Kinder said the taxi commission’s efforts are preventing an innovative business from entering the St. Louis market.
Within days of its St. Louis debut, a city judge ordered Lyft last month to disable its app locally.