NY attorney general sues to stop ride-sharing Lyft

July 11, 2014

(AP)—New York's attorney general has sued to block Lyft, the on-demand ride-sharing app, from operating in New York.

The lawsuit was filed Friday, hours before San Francisco-based Lyft planned to enter the New York City market. The suit says the company actually operates as a traditional for-hire livery service using , not a peer-to-peer transportation platform as claimed.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the company operates "in open defiance" of state and local licensing and insurance laws. He seeks a court order to stop its New York service until the suit is resolved, plus a civil penalty and loss of profits.

The suit says Lyft began operating in Buffalo and Rochester without authorizations in April and currently violates various laws.

A call to the company's attorney wasn't initially returned.

Explore further: Ride-hailing apps offer new way to get around town

Related Stories

NY reaches price limit deal with car service Uber

July 8, 2014

New York's attorney general says the car service Uber has agreed to limit prices during emergencies, natural disasters or other market disruptions consistent with the state's law against price gouging.

Recommended for you

2 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

AkiBola
5 / 5 (1) Jul 11, 2014
Who knew you could get a ride without layers and layers of government bureaucracy, expense, and intimidation? That has to stop!
Porgie
not rated yet Jul 13, 2014
ITs going to hurt cabs and busses. And his job, if people can be prosperous without government.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.