Court battle resumes over new ride-sharing service in St. Louis

Court battle resumes over new ride-sharing service in St. Louis

Credit: Lyft

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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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 6:11 AM

(KMOV) – A court battle over a controversial new ride-sharing service in St. Louis will resume on Wednesday.

The director of the St. Louis Taxicab Commission says he will ask for a permanent restraining order against Lyft, which 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 let's customers to give a donation to their driver.

Two weeks ago, St. Louis Circuit Judge David Dowd issued a temporary injunction against Lyft, which prevented the service from doing business in St. Louis.

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

Officials say they want the company to comply with background checks for its drivers.

 

 

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