Lyft to launch despite TLC warning - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Lyft to launch despite TLC warning

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Lyft, the pink-mustached cars, is an app-based car-sharing service. It launches Friday night in New York City as a sort of outer-borough Uber except the drivers are ordinary folks, not professionals. At the end of the ride, a donation is asked for but not required.

Lyft car sharing is operating in 60 cities already, but New York City may be different.

Meera Joshi, the chair of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, says Lyft's business model is illegal. The TLC has met with Lyft twice. Based on those meetings, Joshi said she concluded Lyft is a bad idea because she said it is unsafe for passengers and drivers. She said you can call it car-sharing but it is an illegal cab service.

Lyft said New York City's laws are outdated and it plans to launch regardless of city reaction. It argues Brooklyn and Queens need interborough service because 95 percent of yellow cab service is in Manhattan or the airports.

But Joshi said Lyft has apparently not heard about the green cabs that do lots of outer borough and interborough service.

Lyft said its app-based car-sharing will begin Friday, July 11, at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn and Queens.

The TLC said if Lyft launches, the commission will arrest drivers.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Medics who responded to deadly chokehold arrest suspended

    Medics who responded to deadly chokehold arrest suspended

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:07:56 GMT
    Four emergency workers involved in the medical response to a man who died in police custody have been barred from responding to 911 calls. The hospital that employs the two EMTs and two paramedics has suspended them without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into Eric Garner's death.
    Four emergency workers involved in the medical response to a man who died in police custody have been barred from responding to 911 calls. The hospital that employs the two EMTs and two paramedics has suspended them without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into Eric Garner's death.
  • Repaving of Palisades Parkway begins

    Repaving of Palisades Parkway begins

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:42:19 GMT
    Crews have begun repaving along the Palisades Interstate Parkway. The last time such work was done on the road, which links New York state to the George Washington Bridge, was the mid-1990s.
    Crews have begun repaving along the Palisades Interstate Parkway. The last time such work was done on the road, which links New York state to the George Washington Bridge, was the mid-1990s.
  • A look inside the exclusive Beautique

    A look inside the exclusive Beautique

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:38:38 GMT
    Beautique is Midtown Manhattan's new celebrity hangout with a touristy address and locals-only feel.The upscale restaurant gives way to a luxe lounge. Everyone here looks like a million bucks and has a bank account to match. It's no wonder celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio feel right at home.
    Beautique is Midtown Manhattan's new celebrity hangout with a touristy address and locals-only feel.The upscale restaurant gives way to a luxe lounge. Everyone here looks like a million bucks and has a bank account to match. It's no wonder celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio feel right at home.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices