Lyft and New York City Taxi Commission Locked In Battle

on Friday, Jul. 11th

Those disruptors, they just won’t take no for an answer.

Ride hailing app Lyft decided it didn’t like the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission’s decision to keep them from doing business in the Big Apple, where they planned on launching today, so they were going to do the proper thing: ignore the rules. Yesterday on Ars Technica:

In a statement, Katie Daily, Lyft’s spokeswoman, told Ars that the company was still moving forward despite the commission’s actions.

“Where we differ with the TLC is that we do not believe its licensing and base station rules apply to the Lyft ridesharing model,” she’s said. “We put safety first, and we have made this clear in our conversations with the TLC.”

That’ll show them! Mean parental figures, not letting the savvy tech Millennials do what they want. (Never mind that there are other taxi apps who play by the rules.) Don’t you OLDS get it? You can’t stop the future and the future is pink mustaches on every framing car.

Except…

WNYC’s Kate Hinds tweeted out that “BOTH the NYS AG and the NYC TLC are filing temporary restraining orders against Lyft.”

For those who don’t read beat reporter, NYC TLC is the Taxi Commission and NYS AG is the New York State Attorney General.

Uh. Oh.

(Hinds’ tweet via The Verge)

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