Ride-Sharing Service Hits Snags in St. Louis

Posted: Apr 19, 2014 11:47 AM by The Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A smartphone app-based ride-sharing service has started service in St. Louis, ignoring a cease and desist order from the city's taxi commission.

Lyft lets users look for members who offer rides. Lyft drivers, who outfit the front grilles of their cars with large pink mustaches, are separate from for-hire taxi services. There's no set payment on Lyft rides, but passengers are encouraged to make a donation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the program began Friday in St. Louis, with the San Francisco-based company throwing a launch party. Lyft ignored a cease and desist order from the city's taxi commission when the app went live in St. Louis.

Ron Klein, the commission's executive director, says the commission plans to be in court Monday to seek an injunction to stop Lyft.

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