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    Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    Here we go again:

    Lyft, a 2-year-old app launched by a San Francisco-based startup, says it has recruited more than 500 drivers to use their own cars to carry passengers in Brooklyn and Queens starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

    The company's planned debut comes without the approval of the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission, which regulates yellow and green cabs, and livery and black car services.

    Lyft says it is filling a gap by allowing car owners to drive others needing rides in exchange for a "suggested donation" and shouldn't be subject to the regulations of New York City's for-hire vehicle industry.

    Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators - WSJ
    "Suggested donation." Once again, old guard establishment interests run headlong into the iPhone. New York says this is about public safety, but whom are they kidding? This is about what it always is about: money and turf.
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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahlevah View Post
    Here we go again:



    "Suggested donation." Once again, old guard establishment interests run headlong into the iPhone. New York says this is about public safety, but whom are they kidding? This is about what it always is about: money and turf.
    Except it only takes once for it to be about safety, and that once already happened.

    My Uber driver kidnapped me! | New York Post
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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahlevah View Post
    Here we go again:



    "Suggested donation." Once again, old guard establishment interests run headlong into the iPhone. New York says this is about public safety, but whom are they kidding? This is about what it always is about: money and turf.
    Yeah, I mean who wants to bother seeing if the drivers are safe or the vehicles are safe or maintained. Hey, can we apply this to airlines too?
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Except it only takes once for it to be about safety, and that once already happened.

    My Uber driver kidnapped me! | New York Post
    Right, because taxi drivers have never done that.

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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    Right, because taxi drivers have never done that.
    So, what you're telling me is you believe that taxi drivers kidnapping people is a reason against regulating and inspecting taxi operations.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    Right, because taxi drivers have never done that.
    I've never read about a taxi driver doing that. Though I did know about a rider claiming a taxi did that in Boise. The reason I know is because I provided the aerial photos (before Google earth) that proved that she didn't kidnap anyone, but only located a safe place off the highway to stop and allow the person out as requested, less than a block away from where the rider suddenly demanded to be let out.
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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    I use uber whenever I'm in big cities, and I'm a huge fan. In the same way that the internet crowdsourced news or investment through websites like twitter and kickstarter, the crowdsourcing of our physical world is just beginning. The taxicab industry is going the way of the newspaper industry, and they can see it coming, so of course they're going to fight tooth and nail.

    I'm glad that there are a bunch of companies getting involved here, but expect to see google enter this space but with self-driving cars. It'll be one step closer to a completely autonomous transport system and it'll be interesting to see how the likes of Uber and Lyft compete.
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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    Right, because taxi drivers have never done that.
    Right:

    On a rainy, foggy night earlier this month, a New York City taxi driver making a left turn at a light apparently did not see my 9-year-old nephew and his 6-foot-3 father crossing the street at a crosswalk, beckoned by a lighted “walk” sign. Whether because of haste, inattention, cellphone use or perhaps the poor weather conditions, the cab driver drove directly into them. My beloved nephew, Cooper Stock, died instantly.

    Treat Reckless Driving Like Drunk Driving
    And no one's ever been killed by a negligent tour bus driver or commuter train engineer.

    NY tour bus driver was drunk driving prior to fatal pedestrian accident :: Washington Injury Attorney Blog

    Metro-North Engineer Was Dozing Just Before Train Derailment, Sources Say - Spuyten Duyvil - DNAinfo.com New York

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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    There's a big difference between traffic errors, regardless of the outcome, and intentionally running from the police in a high speed chase and kidnapping those in your car.
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    Re: Ride-Sharing Service Lyft Defies New York City, State Regulators

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    So, what you're telling me is you believe that taxi drivers kidnapping people is a reason against regulating and inspecting taxi operations.
    Well, the passenger's still alive, isn't he? Not every Metro-North passenger can say that.
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